Term Two to be extended to Compensate for Lost Time
The education calendar for Kenyan schools for term two will be extended to cover the time lost due to activities related to the recently-held general elections.
The Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association (KSSHA) National Chairperson Kahi Indimuli has revealed that the government is set to extend the timeline for the second term to allow Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) and Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) candidates to have enough time to cover the syllabus and make adequate preparations for the national examinations.
Through a brief interview held on a local radio station two days ago, Mr Indimuli revealed that he had sought the input of the Principal Secretary of Basic Education Dr Julius Jwan and they both agreed to have a meeting with stakeholders of education in order to restructure the term and ensure that the time lost due to activities related to the General Elections is compensated.
“We want to give all KCSE and KCPE candidates together with all teachers enough time to cover the syllabus and adequately prepare for the national examinations,” said Mr Kahi Indimuli.
Besides, Mr Indimuli said that 2022 is a critical year of transition which should be handled with care because Grade Six Learners will join Junior Secondary, Grade Eight learners will be joining Secondary School and Form Four Students will be joining institutions of higher education.
Indimuli also lauded Kenyans for maintaining peace during and after the General Elections, a situation which he said will enable students to report to their respective schools safely and continue with their studies without any interruption.
The KSSHA chairperson also reminded all parents across the country to ensure that they have paid school fees for their children on time in order to enable school heads to run schools smoothly.
“Parents should pay school fees to enable all school heads in Kenya to run the schools efficiently because students will have to eat, school workers will have to be paid and suppliers will need their money,” said Indimuli.
The August 9 General elections have received rave reviews solely because there was no chaos after the announcement of the winners in various positions in government.
It has to be said that not all positions have gone on smoothly with some Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) officials having been allegedly killed and some missing. Some election results in various areas are already being disputed in court.
The presidential position itself has a President-elect but the opposition is already planning to lodge a petition which throws everything up in the air pending the results of the petition itself.
If a re-run is ordered by the court another date for elections will be announced. The only thing that will not disrupt the elections is if the court upholds a General Election’s results for the presidential seat or if the opponent who did not win is announced to have won the elections.