BY KORIR JUMA/CORRESPONDENTS,6TH NOV 2017-A total of 615,773 KCSE candidates have started their final exams today Monday 6th Nov 2017, across the country.
The candidates begun their exams with writing Mathematics at 8 am which will be followed by Chemistry paper 1 at 11am.
The examinations are taking place in 9,350 centres across the country.
Spot check carried out in various centres by WWW.UPESINEWS.CO.KE across the country has established that the number of police officers manning exams centres this year has increased with each center having at least 4 police officers.
Education CS Fred Matiangi who wasat Kericho Boys High to wish the candidates at the school and all other candidates well through the examination period said the ministry had put in measures to ensure the exercise is carried out in accordance to the law governing exams.
Meanwhile Education PS Belio kipsang has urged teachers to give the children a conducive environment during the examination period.Speaking in Mombasa just before the start of the exams the PS said anyone who disrupts the exercise will be dealt with accordingly.
The PS also warned against cheating saying any headteacher who is caught aiding candidates in anyway to commit offence will be prosecuted.
In some areas though exams started late with almost an hour after the rest of the candidates following heavy rains that pounded several regions.Candidates in various schools in Chuka/Igamba Ng’ombe sub-county were not spared as their head teachers endured rains to queue and pick exam papers in Chuka town .
This years candidates sit their exams at a time when the ministry of education has tightened measures aimed at curbing cheating.
The Kenya National Examination Council has warned of tough penalties for cheating, including a 10-year jail term or Sh2 million fine or both for revealing the contents of examination material to an unauthorised party, whether a candidate or not.