CS Machogu Promises Credible National Examinations
The Cabinet Secretary for Education Ezekiel Machogu has promised Kenyans that this year’s national examinations and assessments will kick off later this month.
Grade 6 and Class 8 learners will sit for the Kenya Primary Schools Education Assessment (KPSEA) and Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations between the 28th of November and the 30th of November this year.
Form 4 candidates will sit for their KCSE examinations will sit for their national examinations between the 21st of November and the 22nd of December when the examinations will come to an end.
According to CS Machogu, appropriate measures have been put in place to ensure that no cases of cheating will be witnessed saying that nobody will be able to access examination materials before the scheduled time.
This year the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) vetted and will now deploy around 250,000 teachers in various positions to administer the national examinations as centre managers, supervisors, invigilators and examiners.
Around 1,268,830 Grade 6 learners are set to sit for their KPSEA examinations while 1,230,000 candidates will sit for their KCPE examinations. In Form 4, 880,000 learners will sit for their KCSE examinations later this month.
While attending a public forum held by the Presidential Working Party on Education Forums, Machogu said that security arrangements and manning of examinations had been put in place.
The Presidential Working Party on Education Reforms is seeking views from the public on the Competence-Based Curriculum (CBC).
In addition, Machogu said that authorities had been put on high alert and are on the lookout for individuals who are purporting to be selling leaked examination papers. He warned that anyone who gets caught will be prosecuted.
“Recently, you saw three men who were arrested as they were selling bogus examination papers to Kenyans, note that those are not genuine and citizens should report such characters to authorities if they encounter them,” said the CS.
Machogu assured students and their parents that the examination materials that will be brought to examination centres across the country will be genuine and credible.
CS Machogu also warned heads of schools against sending students home to collect school fees. He said that the government is keen to ensure that all children get an education and therefore would not wish to see students out of school due to a lack of school fees.
He also warned that any principal who will be found charging extra levies to students outside the stipulated guidelines will be dismissed from duty.
The Presidential Working Party on Education Reforms was led by Revered Professor Stephen Mbugua and was seeking views from the public regarding the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) and its affordability, quality of teaching and learning materials, cost of education and transition of grade six learners to junior secondary schools among other issues.
Following the collection of views from the public. The team will then be required to submit a report which will then inform of any changes or even scrapping of the new system.