Education Cabinet Secretary, George Magoha, has dismissed reports and requests to postpone the national examinations and extending term dates following a disruption occasioned by the just concluded General Election.
The Kenya Certificate for Secondary Education (KCSE) and Kenya Certificate for Primary Education (KCPE) national exams will be conducted as scheduled in November, according to remarks made by Magoha on Thursday, August 18.
He added that the polls had only slightly disrupted the academic schedule, which did not justify prolonging the school calendar.
“Our children are extremely resilient. Quite a number of them had completed their syllabuses. They have enough time to revise and their safety is of importance,” Magoha explained.
Nicholas Maiyo, the chairperson of the National Parents Association, had requested Magoha to extend the school term due to the disruption caused by the elections.
Parents, through their representatives, had also called for reducing school fees if the terms are not extended.
“Schools were to open on August 11, but this was pushed to August 18. Our appeal is that the school calendar be extended or if it is not possible, they reduce the school fees,” Maiyo appealed to Magoha.
On September 16, the second term will come to an end, and students will have just one week off before going back for the third term of the 2022 academic year.
This will end the two-year crash programme occasioned by the pandemic interruption of 2020. In January 2023, the regular school year will resume again.