Last Updated at: 2021-04-23 06:00:03
The Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examination (KCSE) came to an end on Thursday with students writing their Practical papers in the Arts and Design, which is one of the elective subjects.
"We have today come to the successful conclusion of the 2020 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) Examination, which started on March 26, 2021.
"We are all proud and happy to congratulate the 752,891 candidates who sat this examination that is expected to open doors to their progress to various careers." Said the Education Cabinet Secretary Professor George Magoha in his press release statement.
Magoha also took time to commend gallant teachers who participated in the process of administering the examination as Centre Managers, Supervisors, and Invigilators stating that more than 99.9 percent of contracted professionals and centre managers did their job with 100 percent precision.
"More fundamentally, I wish to thank the national monitoring team members comprising the Ministry of Education, TSC, Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC), and other ministries and departments who visited all parts of the country to ensure the examination process was not only smooth but also credible." Said Magoha.
Besides, the Ministry's deliberate decision to work with the public in the management of the examinations Magoha said it proved to be a game-changer, as ordinary citizens volunteered critical leads that helped in pre-empting cases of irregularities in some parts of the country.
"Over the examination period, we experienced a number of cases where examination officials attempted to open the papers with the intention of exposing them to candidates before the actual examinations started. We thwarted these efforts in a few centres countrywide, some of which I released to you during my weekly briefs." Magoha said.
He however maintained that none of the 2020 KCSE Examination papers was leaked. Further, he added that a total of 27 officials were relieved of their various duties as centre managers, supervisors, or invigilators over allegations of violating regulations guiding the administration of examinations.
"As a Ministry, we will be presenting the list of teachers believed to be behind some of the examination offenses to the TSC for action." He said.
A total of 37 civilians, including three university students and two businessmen, were arrested for attempting to engage (or assist) in examination irregularities. Fifty-three cell phones were confiscated from candidates at examination rooms during the exercise according to Magoha.
"As we speak, security agencies are busy conducting thorough forensic investigations to find out if the gadgets were used to aid any form of cheating. I once again sincerely thank the officials involved in delivering this year's KCSE and Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations." He said.
The Education CS said that the marking of KCSE examination will be launched on Thursday, 21st of April. "Moving ahead, we are today going to launch the marking of the KCSE examination papers." He said.
"This will be a meticulous process that will be conducted by experienced examiners. We are all determined to ensure grades awarded to our learners are all merited and that our academic qualifications are beyond reproach."
He further wished all candidates the best of luck as they proceed home to rest, awaiting the release of the KCSE examinations results.
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