Matiangi introduces last minute changes to KCPE exams

The changes will begin immediately on Tuesday during the Mathematics, English and Composition papers.

Matiangi has announced the introduction of a three-level security management system to curb any irregularities.

“The management of the examination has been improved. We have introduced three levels of security,” Dr Matiang’i said during a tour of Githurai, Riruta Satellite and Gatina Primary schools in Nairobi.

The government has promised Kenyans that it will ensure the current political tension and violence witnessed in some parts of the country will not disrupt the national exam.

Several senior government officials among them cabinet secretaries will open of seals of the examination papers in various parts of the country as a show of confidence.

Police headquarters have announced they have liaised with the examination council to ensure safety in all schools across the country.

Other new changes introduced in this year's KCPE include the introduction of a candidate’s photo on answer sheets.

The index number of the pupils has also been printed on answer sheets.

The government acquired 20 modern scanning machines expected to improve speed and accuracy when processing the examinations.

No politician will be allowed in the schools during the 3-day period.

Apart from exam officials, candidates and security officers, only head teachers and their deputies will be allowed in the schools.

Supervisors, invigilators and centre managers have always been prohibited from using their phones during the examination.

A total of 1,003,556 candidates will sit for this year's KCPE starting Tuesday with Mathematics and English before the Composition paper in the afternoon.

Candidates will be examined in Science, Kiswahili Lugha and Insha on Wednesday before finishing with Social Studies and Religious Education papers on Thursday..

The over one million candidates will sit across 28,566 examination centres across the country.

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