The Kenya National Examinations council Knec has proposed to the Ministry of Education to allow it conduct the two national exams next year February. This will allow the council adequately prepare the examination materials before the candidate write their papers.
While appearing on daily briefing on Coronavirus epandemic over the weekend, Education CS Prof Magoha insists that the government has no plans to postpone the two national exams. The CS also seems to imply that any decisions whether to push exams date or not will be arrived when schools resume.
However, the Examinations council’s submission now seems to confirm students fear and complicate the situation. Sources from the ministry indicate that the examination papers are not yet printed due to Coronavirus epandemic. The printing in normally done by mid-April in Britain. Due to ban on international travel the Knec official failed to take flight to Britain to fast-track revision and printing of the two national examinations.
Also in April practical examinations for technical subjects such as agriculture and Computer studies were stopped by Ministry of Education. The uploading of these subject’s project progress reports has been also affected immensely.
These are the logistics knec is said to be putting into consideration in the plan to administer 2020 national examinations as Coronavirus continue to rock the country. The government is planning to open schools next month and teachers face uphill tasks to complete the syllabus.
According to this year’s Knec examination timetable, KCPE examinations will start on October 27. KCSE examinations are scheduled to start on November 2 and continue for the following four weeks.