TESO, Kenya, Oct 30 – Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMES) Medium Enterprises Principal Secretary Susan Mang’eni today presided over the opening of KCPE and KPSEA exams containers, at the Deputy County Commissioner’s offices in Amagoro, Teso North Sub County.
Speaking to the press after the exercise, the PS noted that the government has put necessary measures in place just in case of flooding especially in Budalang’i in Bunyala subcounty and Akiramasi areas in Teso North subcounty.
“As a government, we are well prepared to ensure exams are done without any hitch. We have all the machineries that will ensure all students get their exams on time. ”
The PS took the opportunity to wish candidates from the country and Western region the best of luck in the exams which commenced today at 8:30am.
However, Mang,eni warned centre managers against indulging in exam malpractices as those found will face disciplinary measures as prescribed in the law.
“Schools should shun any temptations of exam cheating. Engaging in exam malpractices is tantamount to cheating pupils’ careers,” she said, urging them to follow what the government has recommended by doing exams with zero cheating.
” I want to applaud our teachers for their effort to prepare this year’s candidates. It’s my humble hope that the exams will avail us future leaders in social-economic and political spheres,”she said, adding that the two exams for standard eight and Grade six are used to validate what candidates have done for the past eight and six years respectively.
Her sentiments were echoed by Busia County Commissioner Kipchumba Ruto who said the government has put elaborate measures in place to ensure exam papers reach schools despite the terrain.
” We have organised exam papers for two centres in Bunyala South Ward to be picked from Bondon in Siaya Sub County while those for schools in Sigulu Islands on Lake Victoria, will be delivered by Kenya Coast Guards Services boat,” noted Ruto.
With the ongoing rains in Busia, it’s expected that some parts of Budalangi will face few logistic hiccups.
According to the County Director of Education Mr James Ekaliyo, Busia has 31,500 candidates sitting for KCPE exams and 30,780 candidates for KPSEA exams in 507 centres across the county.
The PS later toured Kakurikit Primary School, which was recently ravaged by heavy winds that blew the roofs of classrooms. She also wanted to know the aftermath of the incident on the pupils and teachers.
The CDE urged school heads or centre managers to allow KPSEA candidates who, for one reason or the other, whose names are not appearing in the nominal roll or failed to register sit for the exams.
Mr Ruto warned those found culpable of engaging in exam malpractices of dire consequences, adding that no stone will be left unturned on cases of irregularities and malpractices, if any.
On the traffic along busy Malaba highway, Mang’eni said president Ruto will visit Malaba before the end of this year to ascertain the best solution to the traffic snarl-up witnessed along Malaba-Bungoma is hampering trade in the border town that is the gateway to East and Central Africa.
She noted that the national government is working on expanding the road for ease of trade and boost the revenue collection Others present included County Quality Assurance and Standards Officer William Makori, Teso North Sub County Director Education Elizabeth Marangach, Teso North DCC Stemphen Wambura and senior county police officers.