The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: KNEC to Use Biometric System

THE Kenya National Examination Council will use a biometric system to register KCPE candidates. Knec CEO Paul Wasanga said yesterday candidates fingerprints will be creened for identification.

He said the pilot project for the biometric registration will be rolled out in 2015. "This will help curb exam cheating and other related irregularities," said Wasanga.

He was speaking during the Kenya Primary Schools Headteachers Association annual conference in Mombasa. Wasanga said the registration data will be stored for used in KCSE exams.

He said Knec will also introduce online examinations to digitalise the education sector. Wasanga said the pilot programme will be launched in 2015 starting with post-school institutions.

"In the online examination, a candidate will be sitting in front of the computer and a question is released at a specific time. Each question will be visible for about five minutes then it will be taken away," he said.

Wasanga said Knec will contract some companies to provide the biometric information capturing equipment at reduced costs.

Supervisors and invigilators in school will be having gadgets where the candidates will be using their finger prints for identification before they are allowed into the examination room.

At the same time, Wasanga urged parents to be more keen on the names their children use when registering for KCPE and KCSE. He said some students use their nickname or pet names. "A certificate is an official and very important document. It must have the correct name of a student," he said.

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