At least 100,000 students will sit for the national examination slated for October and November this year, KTMN has established.

In a joint press briefing that comprised education stakeholders and County security officials, Migori County Commissioner Mr David Gitonga noted that “all the necessary preparations had been done ahead of the national examinations that will pit the Junior Secondary, grade eight as well as form four candidates”.

Mr Gitonga who was flanked by Migori County Director of Education Mr Jacob Onyiego, KUPPET branch Secretary Mr Orwa Jasolo and a host of other education stakeholders noted that the county was set to ensure that credibility of the  national examinations  were well enhanced.

“So far we have at least 23,000 students who will be sitting for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education and another 80,000 who will undertake both the Junior Secondary exams and the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE). All I want to assure parents is the safety of the learners during the examination cycle,” Mr Gitonga noted.

He called on business people operating entertaining joints to “offer a conducive environment for the candidates” while banning any loud music during the examination period.

“Our concern is mainly on those operating entertainment joints and we are calling upon them to allow the candidates sit their examinations in an enabling environment without any form of deterrence. Those who will flout this directive will have their licenses revoked and stern actions taken against them,” he said.

On his part, Mr Onyiego noted that adequate preparations had been made to ensure that  candidates sitting for their exams in flood prone areas are well catered for.

“We have set everything in place and in case of any eventuality then we are ready to have the affected students evacuated to  safer examination centers. We don’t expect to witness cases of exam irregularities but should there be a case then we are up to the task,” he said.

His sentiments were shared by Mr Jasolo who lauded the teachers for “well equipping the learners with requisite knowledge” while wishing the learners success.

“Our teachers have done a tremendous job and as a union we are ready to work closely with the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) to ensure that the exercise is conducted with utmost credibility,” he said.

By IAN BYRON

Managing Editor, Writer and Political Affairs Enthusiast

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