National Examinations to Start in October 2023 As Normal Academic Calendar Resumes
This year’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) candidates will get to know their results before Christmas following the resumption of the normal academic calendar.
Over the last two years, learners in basic education institutions have had to undergo a congested academic fixture following the closure of all learning institutions in March 2020 for around seven months.
The government closed all learning institutions in March 2020 after the reporting of the first case of COVID-19 to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Both the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and the Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) national examinations will also begin on 30th of October 2023 and end on 2nd of November 2023.
The KCSE examinations, will start on the 3rd of November 2023 and end on the 24th of November 2023 to allow for marking.
Marking for the examination will be done over three weeks starting on the 27th of November 2023 and ending on the 15th of December 2023.
The congested academic calendar of the last three years placed huge pressure on parents who had to cough out school fees continuously especially in 2021 and 2022 when the academic calendar was so congested with terms placed so close to each other and the holidays being so short.
In just 23 months (between January 2021 and November 2022) learners in primary and secondary schools covered three ‘academic years’ with KCPE candidates covering their entire Standard Eight calendar in just six months after starting the ‘academic year’ in June 2022.
The Country also held general elections that led to an unnecessarily long half-term break. Understandably the learners survived the state of anxiety and confusion that comes with holding general elections.
The Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) has already begun registering the 2023 National Examination cohorts KPSEA, KCPE and KCSE with the exercise started on the 1st of February 2023 and shall come to an end on the 30th of March 2023.