Last week, the government decided to close all schools and other learning institutions indefinitely in an effort to curb the the spread of Coronavirus. It’s now not clear when the virus will go away and the country come to its normality.
This uncertainty has ignited discussions amongst stakeholders whether the two national exams should be postponed to allow learners prepare adequately.
Through their national chairman, secondary school Principals now wants Kenya National Examination Council knec to postpone KCSE and KCPE exams once the schools re-open. It’s a move that they believe will allow the teachers complete the syllabus before the learners write their exams.
The chairman, Kahi Indimuli argues that the education sector might face serious challenges should the Corona epandemic go beyond April and should it be the case, he insists that the school calendar must be rescheduled.
However, inner sources from the ministry indicate that the ministry is reluctant to give any directives pertaining the school calendar until the school reopened to avoid any confusion should the pandemic persist beyond the suspected period.
Its believed that the current situation has not only affected the syllabus coverage but also preparation of the examinations papers. The Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination papers are printed in UK. Following the government move to counsel all international flight, newspoa has learnt that top Education and Kenya National Examination Council (Knec) officials are unable to travel to Britain to fast-track revision and printing of the two national examinations.
Practical examinations for technical subjects such as agriculture and Computer studies are already underway. However, the uploading of these subject’s project progress reports may be affected if the lockdown continues beyond April.
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.
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.