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Thika Education Director assures parents, learners of smooth KCPE, KCSE.

Thika West Sub-County Director of Education Mr. Ronald Mbogo (right) receiving some eggs from Thika Town MP Eng. Patrick Wainaina that will be fed to STD candidates during the KCPE period.
Thika West Sub-County Director of Education Mr. Ronald Mbogo has assured parents, teachers and learners that preparations for this year’s KCPE and KCSE exams are complete, adding that security had been stepped up in all examination centres to ensure that there existed no malpractices either before or during the exams period.

Speaking during a function where Thika Town MP Eng. Patrick Wainaina had met all public primary school headteachers, PTA members and some Standard eight candidates to review their exam preparedness, Mbogo said that as a sub-county, they had made all provisions to ensure safe custody of the materials for the entire period of the examinations.

“We want to assure everyone that we are doing all we can not to experience any form of cheating or exam irregularities as a sub-county. There has been no exam leakage as far as we are concerned. We have employed a watertight system and we expect each candidate to get what they deserve,” said Mbogo.

Candidates from Mugumoini Primary School receiving their eggs from Thika MP Patrick WaJungle
He added that they had put in place a multiagency team consisting of officers from Education and Interior Ministries and the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to ensure exams went on uninterrupted.

“The exams have not and shall not be leaked. Every candidate will see the examinations on the day that the particular papers are scheduled to be taken.” We are working closely with the ministries of Education, Interior and TSC to provide high level of integrity before, during and after the examinations,” he explained.

The sub-county director added that 3,600 KCPE candidates in 63 centres and 2,400 KCSE candidates in 27 centres were expected to sit for this year’s exams with one candidate registering for KCSE from the Thika Main Prisons as a private candidate.

(Related story: MP launches “Egg Monday” programme to be rolled out in all public primary schools.)

Class 8 candidates are set to sit their examinations from October 30 to November 1 while those in Form 4 are due for rehearsals on November 2 with examinations scheduled to start on November 5.

On his part, their host Eng. Wainaina said that his administration was very willing to do everything possible to improve the standards of Education in the area.

He said that the idea of providing eggs to the candidates was to ensure that every one of them was 
comfortable for the three days of KCPE.

“We are giving out about 12,000 eggs to be fed to the candidates during the three days of the exams. This concept has been derived from the ‘Egg Monday’ Programme which has seen an improvement in school enrolment, attendance and performance in exams since its inception in second term,” said the Thika legislator.

Thika MP Patrick Wainaina handing over eggs to Gatumaini Primary School candidates. 
He added that they were looking into other ways to improve on education such as rewarding those teachers and learners who excelled in exams as well as improving on the infrastructure in all the public schools in within the constituency.

The headteachers General Kago Primary School and St. Patrick’s Special School Ms. Jennifer Njuguna and Mr. James Ngugi Macharia respectively acknowledged that the “Egg Monday Programme” had affected education within their schools positively, admitting that the same impact was expected with the egg programme for the STD 8 candidates during the exams.

“Most of these candidates come from very poor backgrounds and the egg programme guarantees them at least something to keep going during the exams. The MP has been so supportive and with his stewardship, we expect very good results this year and the years to come,” said Ms. Njuguna.

Macharia who doubles up as the Kenya Primary Schools Headteachers Association (KEPSHA) Central Region Chairman noted that his teachers had experienced the impact of the “Egg Monday Programme” since their schools were now receiving so many new pupils from both private schools and schools from the neighbouring counties.

Among those who addressed the teachers included the Thika Branch Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Chairman John Kuria and Thika East KEPSHA Chairman Muchemi Maguru.

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