Practical exam marking to kick-off on Friday

Marking of practical subjects for this year’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations is set to kick off on June 16.

Kenya National examinations Council (KNEC) acting Chief Executive officer Mercy Karogo said the exercise will end on September 30.

Subjects with the project components are; Art and design, Agriculture, woodwork, metal work and computer studies.

“The school is expected to compile progress report of each candidate’s project work to be presented to the monitoring officers,” said Ms Karogo in a circular to head teachers of secondary schools across the country.

“Upon completion of the project, the candidate’s marks are to be uploaded online to the Knec Website using the school’s username and password between June 15 and October 15,” said the acting chief executive officer.

SUBMIT MARKS

She warned that no examinations result will be released without the projects marks which must be submitted online not later than October 15.

Ms Karogo said headteachers will be expected to sign and certify on each page of the project marks and take them to the sub county director of education who will submit the project marks to examination council before November 6.

The theory examination will start on November 6 with Mathematics and end on November 29 with Physics (Practical).

A total of 615,284 candidates registered for the examinations as compared to last year’s 577,253.

Under the rules introduced by Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i last year, all social activities— including prayer days, visiting, half term breaks, sports, prize-giving ceremonies and annual general meetings — are supposed to be concluded this term.

CREDIBLE EXAMS

According to Dr Matiang’i, in the past years, a number of parents, school administrators and even government officials, developed unscrupulous means to leak national examinations.

“This state of affairs was simply not acceptable to the government and had to be stopped at all costs,” said the CS.

He said reforms that were introduced in administration of national examinations have so far been successful adding that examinations are now credible and that the government will not relent with this reform.

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