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NYS won’t supervise exams, affirms KNEC

30 September 2015, 10:47 Dennis Omido

Nairobi - Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) Chief Executive Officer, Joseph Kivilu has dismissed reports that national exams will be supervised by National Youth Service (NYS) personnel.

Kivilu said the reports by leaders of teachers unions were not true and that exams will be supervised by teachers.

“We don't intend to use NYS to supervise the exams. We only use them when receiving a consignment of printed exams from abroad. That’s all.

“The exams will be supervised by teachers who have contracts with us,” Kivilu said in Nairobi on Tuesday.

According to him, KNEC has asked for additional armed police officers to provide security in some areas to ensure that no one disrupts the administration of the exams.

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“We asked for additional officers in some areas for additional security of the supervisors and candidates,” Kivilu said.

Asked whether they would consider postponing the exams because of the ongoing strike, Kivilu said that that was not possible because the candidates had already prepared for the exams.

“We cannot hold the future of these children at ransom. We should allow them to move to the next step in their education,” Kivilu said.

Although teachers’ unions called on members to boycott supervision of exams, Kivilu said some of them are willing to help in the exercise.

“More than 30 000 teachers are ready to supervise the exams, but we pray that this stalemate ends so that we can have everybody on board.

“We want everyone to be on board to avoid any doubts about the credibility of the exams and this can only be determined by the involvement of teachers,” Kivilu said.

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