Class 8 and form 4 candidates may have to wait until next year to sit for their KCPE and KCSE examinations respectively.
Speaking to the Senate Ad hoc committee on COVID-19 on Thursday morning, Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha assured 2020 KCPE and KCSE candidates that the national examinations will be done by April next year. However, the government is not in a rush to reopen schools.
The 2020 and 2021 KCPE and KCSE might run Concurrently
Magoha said that the government is currently assessing options on the resumption of studies. If the government does not deem it necessary to reopen schools by September, and examiners are not able to schedule the national exams by April, then the 2020 KCSE and KCPE examinations may be rescheduled to coincide with the 2021 examinations in November 2021.
The senate Committee headed by Jubilee’s nominated Nairobi County Senator Johnson Sakaja recommended to the Ministry of Education to cancel the current academic year. Doing so would mean that candidates will repeat their respective classes in January 2021.
Not this Year!
Based on Magoha’s briefing, it is clear that the 2020 KCSE and KCPE examinations will not be done this year. They could be scheduled for a period between February and April next year; but that depends only on whether the government will reopen schools in September.
If it happens, students will have missed approximately 6 months of learning. Whether this lost time will be adequately compensated remains a puzzle waiting to be solved.
Reopening of Schools Might Come too Late
Although some schools have been conducting online classes, a majority of learners have at best been engaging in private studies. Some may not even have seen the inside of a book since schools closed in March. Well, that is the downside of a pandemic, which we have to deal with in one way or another.
Magoha had earlier intimated that the government would provide washable facemasks to learners if schools were reopened. Whether schools reopen in September or not, we advise teachers, parents and learners to do their best in promoting teaching and learning in their social environments.