A total of 9,216 ECDE teachers will be used in administration of this years KCPE and KPSEA exams and assessments which will start next week.
This year Knec has contracted more teachers to act as Centre Managers, Supervisors and Invigilators.
The Centre Managers, Supervisors and Invigilators together with other contracted professionals which include Security Personnel and Drivers will be in their deployed centres today for rehearsals.
During rehearsals invigilators and supervisors will have the following duties and responsibilities.
) Ensuring a secure room with a lockable cabinet or cupboard is allocated by the Centre Manager for storage of examination materials other than the question papers and answer scripts during the examination period;
2) Inspecting examination rooms to ascertain that they meet the specification prescribed by the Council and are free of stimulus materials and ensure that the desks or tables are arranged as per the Council’s specifications;
3) Briefing candidates on how to conduct themselves during the examination.
4) For Supervisors to brief and assign duties to the invigilators on what is expected of them during the examination period;
Grade 6 learners who will sit for KPSEA exams for the first time have made Knec to increase the number of teachers who will manage this years examinations.
Knec has contracted at least 250,000 pre-primary, primary and secondary school teachers for administration of this years national exams and assessments.
This number is more compared to 242,406 teachers who were used for administration of exams last year.
This year Grade 6 and Class 8 learners will have KPSEA and KCPE exams starting on 28th November and ending on 30th November 2022.
On the other hand Form 4 candidates will have their KCSE exams starting 21st November to 22nd December when it will end.
Around 1,268,830 Grade 6 learners will sit for KPSEA exams and 1,230,000 candidates for KCPE exams while Form 4 for KCSE are about 880,000.
During the examination period Knec has also allowed only a number of people inside exam centres. The measured are aimed to curb exam malpractices.
Knec has authorized only the following persons to be in the examination centres during KPSEA, KCPE and KCSE exam periods.
1 Centre Manager;
2 Deputy Principal/Headteacher;- where an examination centre has more than one deputy then the centre manager shall designate one deputy to assist him/her;
6 Laboratory technician and science teacher only during practicals;
7 Authorized support staff to prepare meals for candidates who will strictly restrict their movements to the Kitchen.
Knec has assured the 2.5 million candidates who will sit national tests starting next week that the assessment will be fair and learners will be scored fairly.
In a candid letter to candidates, Knec Chief Executive David Njengere warned that the exams will be rigorously monitored to prevent cheating, and those who are caught will have their results cancelled.
In the letter dated November 1, Mr Njengere cautioned candidates not to be misguided by teachers or parents to engage in examinations malpractice.
“Every year, a few candidates get their examination results cancelled because of cheating. It is sad for a student to miss their examination results after learning for several years. However, no examination results can be given to a candidate who has cheated. Examination results are only given for a candidate’s own honest effort,” he said.
Rehearsals for 1,244,188 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education candidates, as well as the 1,287,597 candidates sitting for Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) will be conducted today. The exams will begin on Monday, November 28 and end on Wednesday, November 30.
Another 884,263 candidates will sit for the Kenya Certificate for Secondary Examination (KCSE) examination between December 2 and December 23.
The first cohort of pupils under the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) will sit for the inaugural KPSEA, while the second-last batch of learners under the 8-4-4 system will sit for KCPE exams.
For KCPE, the candidates will tackle Mathematics on Day One for two hours. They will also sit for the English language paper and thereafter write the Composition paper after a break.
Science, Kiswahili Lugha and Kiswahili Insha exams will be done on Tuesday, while Art and Craft, Music and Religious Education will be tackled on the final day.
KPSEA candidates will begin with Mathematics before sitting for the English paper. On Tuesday, they will begin with integrated science (Science and Technology, Agriculture, Home Science and Physical Health Education) before sitting for the Kiswahili exam.
On Wednesday, they will sit for Creative Arts and Social Studies.
Dr Njengere told the candidates in the letter that the council has devised ways of detecting exams malpractices.
“Knec is committed to making examinations fair for all candidates and has diverse and accurate methods of detecting those candidates who cheat during examinations. Candidates who cheat or are impersonated cannot be given examination results,” he said.
He reminded the candidates cheating would attract stiff penalties, and urged them to report any cases to the exams body.
“Cheating will not help you. In fact, should anyone try to make you cheat or should you know of any other candidate involved in this bad practice, you must report this immediately. You are required to thoroughly read the last page of your examination timetable under the heading ‘penalty for examination irregularities’.”
Knec has already instructed supervisors, invigilators and candidates to strictly adhere to the time limit, and to ensure no examination papers are opened before the allowed time.
“The time allowed for each paper is indicated against the name of the paper and no extra time is to be allowed. Supervisors and invigilators should ensure that candidates are issued with personalised mark sheets that bear their correct names and assessment numbers,” the instructions read.
In an earlier communication, Teachers Service Commission CEO Nancy Macharia directed that one invigilator should man 20 candidates while one supervisor should be in charge of 200 students.