KCPE kicks off as candidates assured of security during exam period

Ganjoni Primary school KCPE candidates in Mombasa./FILE

Mombasa, KENYA: A total of 1,003,556 candidates across the country are sitting for the 2017 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE), that was postponed to Tuesday, following disruptions of the examination’s schedule because of last Thursday’s repeat presidential election.

Police in the Mombasa and the entire Coast region have assured candidates sitting for this years KCPE enough security during the exam period.

Speaking at Ganjoni Primary School on Tuesday morning ahead of the exams, Coast region police commander Larry Kiyeng said arrangements have been made to provide security in the six counties.

The police boss noted that Tana River and Lamu counties which have been experiencing security threats have also been mapped out and enough security personnel deployed.

“We have enough police officers providing security at the containers in all the six counties,” said Kiyeng.

He said examination material will be escorted to the examination centers and back to the Sub-county storage containers.

Flanked by his county security team, new county police commander Johnstone Ipara and other security officials, he assured candidates security during the exam period.

“We assure our KCPE candidates that there is enough security during the three days of doing examinations, the police will escort the exams of the day to the containers where they are kept after the day’s papers,” said Kiyeng.

According to Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC), KCPE examinations will last three days starting Tuesday.

On Tuesday, the candidates will sit for their Mathematics, English language and composition, Kiswahili lugha and Insha will be done on the second day.

The three-day examination is scheduled to end on Thursday, November 2, with the candidates expected to sit for their Science and religious studies papers.