Isiolo County Commissioner, Joseph Kanyiri, has warned police officers guarding examinations against taking selfies with the candidates.
Mr Kanyiri criticized an action by a police officer who took photographs with pupils handling a firearm during last week’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE).
“It is a crime for an officer to allow children to handle a firearm and pose for photos and all officers on duty should be warned to avoid incidents like what we saw trending in the social media with an officer allowing kids to play with a government firearm,” Mr Kanyiri said.
He was speaking during the opening of Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exam papers at the storage container near his office this morning during which he reiterated that adequate security personnel will be deployed to all exam centres across the County to ensure the students sit their exams peacefully.
Mr Kanyiri said that the government has made sufficient arrangements to see smooth examination exercise in the County.
The administrator urged security officers and education officials to keep a sharp eye on during the exercise so that it could be free of any form of cheating.
The County Director of Education Dr Hussein Koriyow called upon all centre managers to keep school gates wide open so that monitors of the exams could access the schools with ease.
“Gates should be closed at 6.00 pm after all exam papers were sealed and taken to the container. Closing gates as exams are underway is suspicious since some dubious activities could be going on in the school,” Dr. Koriyow said.
A total of 1,658 KCSE candidates will be sitting their exam across 29 centres this year. There are 965 boys and 693 girls