Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has banned all non-academic events in schools during third term to curb examination malpractices.
He was speaking at the launch of CBC teacher training session in Machakos.
“I want to be crystal clear that nobody in both private and public institutions will be allowed to interfere with the candidates as they prepare for their examination… So there will be no events in schools, no fundraising, no prayers or any other activities,” Magoha said in Machakos on Wednesday.
“There will be no events, no fundraising, no prayers whether in public or private schools,” Education CS Magoha said. "…You can pray for your child in the house and it will arrive directly to the child"— Citizen TV Kenya (@citizentvkenya) August 21, 2019
He was speaking at the launch of CBC teacher training session in Machakos. pic.twitter.com/gaIDXf6bRx
Other adjustments will see primary and secondary schools close early to allow standard eight and form four candidates sit national examinations in November.
Magoha said November will exclusively be an examination month, with the rest of learners in primary and secondary schools closing on October 28.
“We know that these events have in past been used for other purposes and this is what we are trying to avoid,” Matiang’i said.
KCSE candidates sitting this year’s examination also sit as a fourth lot of students to take the examinations under new stringent rules to curb cheating.
He added that this will improve preparation for KCPE and KCSE. This year’s KCPE will start from November 1 to 3, while KCSE will run from November 7 to November 30.
Knec data shows that 1.78 million candidates were registered to sit the 2019 examinations, whose registration deadline was February 15.
Of these, 1,089,671 were KCPE candidates while 698,935 students registered for KCSE, from all the 10,304 centres.
The KCPE exams will take place between October 29 and 31.
Rehearsal will be done on October 28 while the 2019 KCSE examination will take place between October 21 and November 27.