As the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams entered the second day, Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed has emphasized that there will be tough action will be taken against those who engage in exam irregularities.
Speaking after opening an exam container in Murang’a, the Education CS stated that only authorized personnel will be allowed into examination centres.
She was speaking following the arrest of 15 people the previous Monday who attempted to smuggle foreign materials into two examination centres.
“We do not have the right to tell these young people that they do not know what they have been doing. They have a lot of enthusiasm,” she said.
Those arrested at the two centres in Nyanza and another in Western region included centre managers and invigilators.
The Kenya National Examination Council said no candidate had been exposed to any foreign material by the time KNEC thwarted the ulterior motives.
Some 664,550 candidates sat the Mathematics Paper 1 and Chemistry Paper 1 as the exams kicked off.
The Kenya Institute for Curriculum Development (KICD) Director Julias Jwan was also in Meru where he urged all candidates to display integrity during the process.
“We have been distributing the papers to the schools. So far, I am very happy with the arrangements that I have found in Meru. All the security officers have been briefed,” he stated.
The exams are due to end on November 28.