A total of 1.6 million candidates are set to start their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) this week.
KCPE will be kicking off tomorrow and a total of 1,003,556 candidates in 28,566 centers countrywide will sit for the exams.
They will start off with English language and composition tomorrow (Tuesday), science, Kiswahili lugha and Kiswahili insha on Wednesday and end on Thursday with social studies and religious studies.
Standard Eight pupils in many parts of the country will officially start national examinations tomorrow (Tuesday) while today, the rehearsals are being conducted under a cloud of insecurity as political tensions boil over.
On the other hand, 615,773 students will be sitting for KCSE exams in this year which will be conducted in 9,350 centers across the country.
Form Four Home science practical paper and other practical examinations are set to kick off today after being postponed from last week Monday so as to give way for the recently concluded repeat presidential elections.
This came about since many examination centers were doubling up as polling and tallying centers.
The practical examinations will run until November 2 before paving the way for theory papers which start on November 6 and end on November 29.
On Sunday, despite politically motivated security tensions, officials concluded delivery of examination materials to exam centers countrywide, before rehearsals today.
According to the timetable by the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC), KCSE examinations will take one month while KCPE examinations will last three days starting Tuesday.
This year, private candidates will sit both the theory and practical examinations at public schools identified by the sub-county directors of education to try and eliminate cheating.
The national exams have come at a period when the country is under a lot of political uncertainties, which might be challenging to the students, especially those from areas experiencing demonstrations and have been termed as unsafe.
Recently, the Cabinet Secretary of Education Dr. Fred Matiang’I while addressing examination officials, admitted that the examinations will be taking place at a time of heightened political activity.
“This means that the political atmosphere would still be a bit fluid requiring all officials to be vigilant to ensure the examinations are run professionally,” said Matiang’i.