KCPE exams off to a smooth start

This year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education exams started smoothly on Tuesday morning.

Distribution of examination materials across the county began in the wee hours.

Head teachers and security officers thronged various collection points to pick up the day’s papers — English Language and English Composition.

A total of 1,003,556 pupils who registered for the exams write their tests from Tuesday in 28,566 centres.

The candidates sit Science, Kiswahili Lugha and Kiswahili Insha on Wednesday and end with Social Studies and Religious Studies on Thursday.

Some of the new changes in the examinations include 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.

During the three-day examination period, no politician will be allowed in the schools.

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