The Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) has released a guideline on supervision of The 2021 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) Oral and Practical Examination papers that are scheduled to start on 28th February and end on 4th March 2022.
These examination papers include; French Orals (501/3), German Orals (502/3), Arabic Orals (503/3), Kenya sign language (504/3), Music Practical (511/1) and Home science Practical (441/3).
According to a circular dated 19th January 2022 from the examination body addressing Sub county directors of education and TSC sub county directors, the Centre Managers of examination centres offering those examination papers are expected to collect the question papers and return duly sealed scores sheets of the candidates to the Sub County containers.
“One Supervisor identified, nominated and deployed In the examination centre offering these papers must be at the examination centre when the oral and practical examination papers are being conducted. The Supervisor must liaise with the Centre Manager to be guided on when the oral and practical examination papers will be taking place at the examination centre” Said KNEC
The roles of the Supervisor during assessment will include: Receiving the examination materials from the centre manager in one of the assessment rooms, Handing over the examination materials to the assessors and signing the accountability documents, Supervising the conduct of the assessment of the oral and practical papers.
The supervisor will not be allowed in the assessment room during the assessment exercise to avoid distracting the assessor and the candidate;
The invigilator is also obligated to; Confine candidates not taking the assessment In a room where they cannot hear or see what Is being assessed, Ensure that the candidates who complete the assessment leave the examination room area and do not interact with the candidates who are yet to sit for the assessment and Collect well sealed envelope containing scores of the candidate and handing over the envelope to the centre manager to be retuned to the sub county container
On security during the examination period, KNEC indicated that two (2) Security Officers shall be deployed at each assessment centre.
The roles of security officers will be their roles will be; Escorting the Centre Manager carrying examination materials from the container to the examination centre and while returning candidates’ scripts to the container, assisting the Supervisors in confining candidates not taking the assessment in a room where they cannot hear or see what is being assessed.
The security personnel should also assist the Supervisor In ensuring that the candidates who have Completed assessment leave the examination room area and do not Interact with the candidates who are yet to sit for the assessment, lastly, he/she should Maintain security at the examination centre and ensuring that unauthorized persons are not at the examination centre during the assessment
KNEC insisted that Invigilators are NOT allowed at the examination centre during assessment of (KCSE) Oral and Practical Examinatlon Papers.