Security heightened as KCSE 2017 kicks off


Mombasa, KENYA: A total of 615,772 candidates in 9,350 centres across the country will sit for their 2017 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education.

Today (Monday) the candidates will take the mathematics alternative ‘A’ examination at 8am followed by chemistry at 11.30am.

The practical papers already assessed are French (oral and Braille), German (oral), Arabic (oral), Kenya Sign Language (practical skills), music, building and construction and home science.

Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i last week said he expected schools to provide a conducive environment for learners during the month-long examination period.

Police in the Mombasa and the entire Coast region have also assured candidates enough security during the exam period.

Coast Region police commander last week during the KCPE exams, 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.

Examination materials were on Sunday delivered to various centers at the Coast. In Kinango, Kwale County, there was a delay caused by a downpour.