Education CS George Magoha has notified parents teachers and stakeholders that the month of November will be exclusively for exams as the rest of the learners in both primary and secondary schools will be home for the December holiday since schools will have closed as early as October 28th.
Any other events that are not academic related will not be tolerated in the schools during the exam period to prevent National Exams malpractices like cheating.
He sent a strong warning to candidates and teachers with intentions of engaging in any activities that might interfere with exams.
“I want to be crystal clear that nobody in both private and public institutions will be allowed to interfere with the candidates as they prepare for their examination. So there will be no events in schools, no fundraising, no prayers or any other activities,” said Magoha while in Machakos.
In 2016, former Education CS Fred Matiang’i issued an order banning candidates from proceeding to mid-term breaks and got rid of the traditional practice of prayer days that were conducted weeks before the examination. Magoha’s directive is seen as a move to reinforce this measures and improve preparations of for both KCSE and KCPE.
KCSE candidates sitting this year’s examination will be the fourth lot of students to take the examinations under the new stringent rules that were set in place by Matiang’i.
Statistics from KNEC indicate that 1.78 million candidates were registered to sit the 2019 examinations, out of which 1,089,671 were KCPE candidates while 698,935 students registered for KCSE, from all the 10,304 centres.
The KCPE exams rehearsal will be done on October 28 while the exams will start on October 29 to 31 while the 2019 KCSE examination will take place between October 21 and November 27.