TSC CE Nancy Macharia [Photo: KBC]
The 2022 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) tests officially started today across the country with 884,263 candidates taking the tests.
The candidates started with English Paper 1, and are this afternoon sitting for Chemistry Paper 1 exam.
On Monday next week the Form Four candidates will write Mathematics Paper 1 and English Paper 2.
The examinations will run until 23rd of December 2022.
The marking process will begin on 2nd of January 2023 and be completed on 20th of January before schools open on 23rd of January.
As was the case with the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) tests which ended on Wednesday, the KCSE exams are being tightly monitored by the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC), other state officials and security agencies to ward off malpractices.
Speaking while supervising the distribution of exam papers in Mombasa, Teachers Service Commission (TSC) CEO Nancy Macharia said that they were already facing a deficit of 68,000 teachers in secondary schools across the country.
“We shall use some of the new 30,000 teachers for junior secondary as well some for primary schools and the rest will go to the 8-4-4 students. These are the modalities we are working on so that in January we recruit these teachers. We already have a deficit of 116,000 teachers in the country with the figure at secondary schools standing at 68,000,” said Macharia.
She however noted that TSC has been employing 5,000 teachers every year adding that the recruitment of new 30,000 teachers in January will go a long way to reduce the deficit.
In Wajir and Mandera counties KNEC CEO David Njengere opened the exam containers, while Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development CEO Charles Ongondo was in Vihiga County.
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