Education Ministry To Merge Exam Centres For Easy Monitoring

The Ministry of Education decided to merge examination centres due to the increased number of candidates.

It is noted that this increase, in turn, increases the number of exam centers.

A report tabled to the national assembly indicates that since 2015, enrolment of candidates in primary and secondary schools has increased from 1,464,817 to 1,944,210 (33 per cent).

This has been witnessed in both public and private schools.

The report which was signed by Education CS George Magoha clarified that reduction of examination centres will improve monitoring.

“Reduction of these centres will help to efficiently deter the occurrence of examination-related malpractices and maintain the integrity of the examination,” the report reads.

INCREASED PAYMENTS

Magoha noted that the increased number of students led to increasing costs in terms of management of the exam period.

This sector has seen increased payments of centre managers, supervisors, invigilators, security officers, and drivers.

“This is coupled with the high cost of delivering examination materials to schools together with an inadequate number of security personnel to offer security in the examination centres,” the report reads.

In the quest to ensure there’s enough space to accommodate hosted students, class one to seven pupils will not be in school during the examination period.

The sitting arrangements of candidates in all examination centres will be maintained at the spacing of 1.5 Meters in the examination rooms.

Magoha further stated that the number of invigilators will be maintained at 20 candidates per invigilator.

However, special needs institutions will not be affected by the exam centres’ merger.

Magoha submitted his response to a question posed by Kitui West MP Edith Nyenze in Parliament.

Nyenze inquired if the policy would negatively affect the performance of students.

The plan to merge examination centers with less than 40 students has seen at least 162 centers shut down.

Upon implementation of this directive, KCPE examination centres have reduced from 28,467 to 28,329; a reduction of almost 138 centers.

KCSE examination centers have reduced from 10,437 to 10,413 in the previous year, 24 have been shut down.

In May, the ministry of education through KNEC directed that all examination centers with less than 40 students will not be used.

KNEC had earlier directed that any school with between five and 14 candidates should be hosted by another center, which was to be determined by the respective sub-county director of education.

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