The Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) has issued a statement following reports on the postponement of national examinations.
Through a press release by the council on Wednesday, November 8, KNEC stated both the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate for Secondary Education (KCSE) would go on as earlier scheduled.
The examination council was responding to reports on social media that suggested that the dates of the national examinations scheduled for March 2022 had been pushed to a later date.
An Image of the KNEC Headquarters at Mitihani House on Dennis Pritt Road, Nairobi.
“The Kenya National Examination Council’s attention has been drawn to information circulating in the social media on the postponement of the KCPE and KCSE national examinations.
“It is in this regard that we wish to inform all relevant stakeholders that there are no changes to the KCPE and KCSE national examination dates,” the statement read in part.
Following the statement by the Council, learners and teachers in secondary schools will continue to prepare for the KCSE exams which will officially start on February 28, 2022.
Amid calls to postpone the national examination, it was unclear what would have happened to some students who already began their practical examinations in July and are expected to finalize their projects in January 2022.
Candidates in primary schools, on the other end, are expected to officially start their examination with the Mathematics exam scheduled for March 7, 2022.
For the past few months, there have been growing calls among education stakeholders for the government to postpone the national examinations given the upsurge of unrest that has been witnessed in schools in recent months.
While making a raft of proposals to the Ministry of Education, Kenya Secondary School Heads Association (Kessha) chair, Kahi Indimuli, stated that students were not prepared to undertake the examinations given the numerous disruptions that have been witnessed in the second term.
“When we brought on board Form Four students last year, these students were left at home for a long time. During the period, they were not properly engaged, and some got into the business while some picked up bad behaviour.
“While at home, they had a lot of free time. They realise they no longer have the freedom even as teachers try to reintegrate them,” said Indimuli.
KESSHA Chairman Kahi Indimuli (centre) and Education CS George Magoha (right) at a press conference at Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) on October 1, 2018