After the government ordered schools to be closed indefinitely due to COVID-19, parents have been having a hard time managing their children at home. Although the government has explored technology to help students continue learning even when at home, parents have raised concerns about students who come from a less privileged society with no means to access learning online.
They were hoping that the government would postpone national exams so that students can have enough time to gather resources and try catching up with the curriculum so that there will be equity in national exams to them all. But Education CS, George Magoha broke the hearts of many and angered others when he mentioned that there will be no postponement of exams as the government has set up alternative ways for students to learn online.
“It’s 10 weeks now since we closed our learning institutions. We are not in a stage to say we will postpone exams. We do not see any reason at all. The ministry initiated online programs which are ongoing. We have had problems for those not able to access the internet but we are working to solve it. We depend on CS Mutahi and the medical experts, whose work has been exemplary, to give us the way forward ” said Prof. Magoha.
President Uhuru in a radio interview today morning reiterated what CS Magoha said on Monday in a press briefing. He said that national exams will continue as scheduled as the Ministry of Education will be monitoring the situation. Education stakeholders have suggested partial reopening of schools where class 8 and Form 4 students are allowed back to school to complete their syllabuses ahead of exams in November.