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Ministry Announce Measures to Improve the Administration of 2021 National Exams Amid COVID

All Regional Directors of Education

All County Directors of Education

RE: PREPARATIONS FOR THE 2021 EXAMINATIONS BY THE KENYA NATIONAL EXAMINATIONS COUNCIL

Further to the ongoing preparations for national examinations, the Ministry in consultation with the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) and in compliance with the provisions of the Kenya National Examinations Council Act, specifically Legal Notice No. 135 on Conduct of Examination Rules and in line with the Ministry of Health Protocols on Covid-19, is announcing measures meant to improve the administration of this important national exercise and control spread of COVID-19 in schools.

These measures include the reorganization of school term dates, the examinations period, change of examination timetable, ban of social and related activities in schools during national examination term and scrapping of half term breaks during the national examination term.

1. REORGANIZATION OF TERM DATES AND MIDTERM BREAKS

Third Term/Second Term (National Examination Term) for all schools (Primary and Secondary) commenced on 4th January, 2021 and ends on 19th March, 2021.

Unlike the current practice, there will be no half term break during Second Term/Third Term given the short period and the need to adequately and effectively prepare for the National Examinations.

2. EXAMINATION PERIOD AND TIME TABLE

The Ministry and stakeholders including KNEC have agreed to reorganize the examinations period and hence released timetable corresponding to the new dates.

3. BAN ON SOCIAL ACTIVITIES IN THIRD TERM

To control and ensure effective preparation for the examinations, it has become necessary to control extra-curricular and social activities during the Second/Third Term (National Examination Term).

Like in previous years, there will be no prayer sessions for candidates involving parents and outsiders in schools during the Third Term (National Examination Term). However, any prayer arrangements as consistent with COVID-19 protocols involving school chaplains and teachers will be allowed. The aim is to avoid unnecessary contacts between candidates/students and outsiders during the exam period/COVID-19 Pandemic period.

4. APPOINTMENTS AND RESPONSIBILITY OF PRINCIPALS AND HEAD TEACHERS

The KNEC will appoint school principals and head teachers to be in charge of their examination centres with the assistance of carefully selected supervisors. Together with Board of Management (BOM) of their schools, these officials will take full responsibility and accountability for any examination malpractices that may be reported in their centres.

KNEC will also identify senior officials and selected teachers to be supervisors and invigilators of the National Examinations.

DR. BELIO KIPSANG, CBS

PRINCIPAL SECRETARY

Copy to: Cabinet Secretary

                : Ministry of Education

                : Chief Executive Officer

                : Teachers Service Commission

NAIROBI

 


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