Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) is developing a strategy that will see school head teachers and principals, who work as examination centre managers, collect examination papers from the containers twice a day.
This was revealed in the recent countrywide briefing and sensitisation session organised by KNEC between March 2024, 2023. According to KNEC, mapping and re-aligning examination centres to the nearest distribution points will make it easy for centre managers to pick up examination materials in good time for morning and afternoon papers.
KNEC reveals that between January 30 to February 6, 2023, it held meetings with Sub-county Directors of Education (SCDEs) to establish the most viable and cost effective ways of ensuring that all centres are able to pick their examination materials twice a day.
The council noted that it will carry out more sensitization meetings with relevant stakeholders in a bid to share how the proposals will be tested before rolling it out for implementation.
“KNEC therefore considered it crucial to hold consultative meetings to share the proposals developed with the relevant stakeholders who play a crucial part in the implementation, for their validation and/or further guidance on the matter,” reads the document in part.
It adds: “The main goal is to ensure that schools are able to pick their examination materials twice a day (first and second session) without delays using the shortest route possible and most cost effective means.”
The countrywide briefing was meant to sensitize the target stakeholders and fast-track registration of candidates for the 2023 Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA), Kenya Intermediate Level Education Assessment (KILEA), KCPE and KCSE examinations, and to follow up and finalize arrangements for mapping examination centres to the nearest distribution centres.
KNEC states that its officers will be sharing with the regional and county directors, SCDEs, Centre Managers and association representatives for sub-counties. The SCDEs requested for re-alignment of some of the schools to ensure that the most effective and efficient options are adopted.
KNEC noted that in cases where the distance from the current collection points is shorter than the distance to the proposed collection point, counties and sub-counties requesting for many containers SCDEs proposed movement of many centres and in other exceptional cases; there will be more engagements before conclusion of the mapping exercise.