Candidates sitting the national examinations have been assured of enough security during the exercise.
This emerged as Azimio la Umoja leader Raila Odinga announced a plan for nationwide rallies to protest plans to remove four Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission commissioners from office.
President William Ruto urged those entrusted with administering the examinations to ensure there are no incidents, disruptions and destruction, saying adequate security measures have been put in place to ensure candidates are not distracted.
“These examinations will be conducted in all centres for our three million plus candidates across the republic. It is a very important moment for the nation, millions of parents, guardians and friends. We want to ensure that the exam is administered in the best way possible,” Ruto said.
The President, who was addressing candidates at the Joseph Kang’ethe Primary School in Kibra on the second day of the national exams, urged those tasked with supervision to deliver credible exams.
“Arrangements have been put in place between all stakeholders and the multi-agency teams. I want every official who has been vetted to participate in this exercise to make sure that they discharge their responsibility in accordance with training and agreement,” he said.
The Head of State encouraged candidates to be confident as they wrote their test papers. “The national examination season is here. It is time to take a big step to the next stage on your journey of learning. I encourage you to calmly write your tests and to do the only thing that is always required of you.”
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, while touring Komarock Primary School in Embakasi, said the government was determined to improve the learning environment in schools.
“An exam is just like any other and I believe your teachers have prepared you well and you are on your path to destiny. I want to encourage you; what you are going through today is what we went through several years back,” Mr Gachagua said.
The Deputy President said the government will give priority to teachers employed by boards of management when the Teachers Service Commission hires more than 30,000 teachers in January.
He hailed teachers for their dedication, saying they deserve to be respected. “The teaching profession is a calling; nobody can compensate you adequately for what you do. It is a sacrifice. That’s why we are calling for respect for our teachers.”
Gachagua also said he would ensure the Nairobi Water and Sanitation Company drills a borehole for the school.
Prime Cabinet Minister Musalia Mudavadi also assured that the government will give needed support to ensure the exams run smoothly.
Mudavadi, who was speaking in Kilimani Primary School in Nairobi County, said “I am happy that I was here early today morning and the exam papers reached the school on time. I want to hope that this flawless exercise has been witnessed across the country as it has been here.”
He said that even with the compressed school calendar, the candidates were hopeful of doing well.
“I know our pupils have been prepared adequately and they are ready for the task ahead. This is a stage that prepares them for a brighter future,” he said.
Speaking earlier, Kenya National Examinations Council CEO David Njeng’ere had said results for the Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) tests for Grade Six candidates would be released earlier than those of Class Eight candidates.
“The processing of KCPE is going to take a little more time and a little intense work, but we have put measures in place to ensure we fast-track not to lag behind the KPSEA,” Mr Njeng’ere said.