Schools to Close This Week to Embark On the Longest Holiday since COVID-19 Outbreak
Both public and private schools are set to have the longest holiday since the outbreak of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Schools were closed by the government in 2020 to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic leading to a congested academic calendar up to the third term of 2022.
Secondary schools that did not close last week are set to do so this week due to the KCSE examinations which started on Monday.
Rehearsals for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) started on Friday last week with the examinations set to be done between the 21st of November and the 23rd of December 2023.
Some primary schools are closing today to allow for the Grade Six and Class 8 to sit for their Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) and the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) respectively.
The Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) has communicated that only a few people will be allowed in the examination centres. This is to ensure that people from outside cannot interfere and ruin the credibility of the national examinations.
The Circular shown below was issued by the examiner regarding unauthorized persons in examination centres during the examination period.
TO: i) ALL PRINCIPALS
ii) ALL HEAD TEACHERS
SUBJECT: CIRCULAR ON UNAUTHORIZED PERSONS IN THE EXAMINATION CENTRES DURING THE CONDUCT OF THE 2022 NATIONAL EXAMINATIONS
1.0 Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) shall administer national examinations during the months of November and December 2022.
2.0 This is to notify you that, unauthorized persons will not be allowed in the examination centres during the times indicated below:-
2.1 KCPE and KPSEA from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm;
2.2 KCSE from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm;
3.0 The following are the authorized persons expected in the examination centres:-
3.1 Centre Manager;
3.2 Deputy Principal/Headteacher:- where an examination centre has more than one deputy then the centre manager shall designate one deputy to assist him/her;
3.5 Laboratory technician and science teacher only during practicals;
3.6 Laboratory technician and science teacher only during practicals;
3.7 Authorized support staff to prepare meals for candidates who will strictly restrict their movements to the kitchen.
4.0 The Centre Manager should prepare a list of authorized centre staff at the start of the examination as guided by the list above.
The list should indicate the Name, ID Number, TSC Number for teaching staff, Telephone number, Designation/Role, and Teaching subject as shown in the table below. The list must be availed to the monitoring officers:
TSC No (for teaching staff)
Teaching Subject (for teaching staff)
5.0 The list must be approved by the TSC Sub County Director and the Sub County Director of Education.
6.0 Thank you for your continued support in the management of national examinations.
Dr. David Njengere, MBS
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER