Education Cabinet Secretary professor Magoha has noted that the Kenyan Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) likely to be done in April 2021, should schools reopen gradually in September.
Appearing before the the Senate Ad Hoc Committee on COVID-19, Prof. Magoha, however, pointed that the ministry of education is working on the calendar on when to open schools and examination dates for both KCPE and KCSE.
“We are looking at the calendar at what time we can open schools and do exams, if we opened in September we might do exams in April, beyond that it won’t be feasible to do the exams,” said Magoha.
The CS also noted that schools opening in September is not certain owing to the fact that Covid-19 cases are surging daily.
“Although we intended to open in September, as of now I can’t say if that will be possible. At this stage, our numbers are going up, and we might have a peak in September or October and we will decide if we would want to open our schools,” noted CS Magoha.
He further said that if national examinations won’t be done by April 2021, “then we must be prepared for what I don’t want to say at the moment.”
Should schools open in September, students around the country will have stayed home for up to six months, missing a huge chunk of the syllabus.
There have been reports of class eight and form four candidates being handed priority ahead of the planned gradual reopening of schools.