Over 2.5 million Standard Eight and Grade Six pupils earlier today started their national examinations, marking the highest number to ever sit the primary school national exams.
Of this, 1,244,188 are sitting for Kenya Certificate of Primary Education, KCPE, while 1,287,597 for Kenya Primary School Education Assessment, KPSEA.
This year’s Grade Six candidates will be the maiden group to sit for a national exam under the Competency-Based Curriculum in 2017.
On Friday, the candidates undertook rehearsals as teachers checked compliance with exam regulations.
While speaking in Mombasa supervising the distribution of the exams, Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu said the exams will be credible saying the government has put security measures to curb examination malpractice.
He said examination papers has arrived on time in all the 493 centres across the country.
Today, Standard 8 candidates will sit Mathematics, English language and Composition papers.
On Tuesday, they will sit for Science, Kiswahili and Insha papers. On Wednesday, the final day, they will take Social Studies and Religious Education papers.
The grade six students today will sit for Mathematics and English papers. On Tuesday, learners will be assessed in Integrated Science and Kiswahili and on Wednesday they will take Creative Arts and Social Studies.
Integrated Science contains five subjects namely Science and Technology, Agriculture, Home Science, and Physical Health.
Social studies, Christian, Islamic and Hindu education, arts and crafts, and music are compiled into Creative Arts and Social Studies.