Education Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i has on Monday (18/9/17) announced that the national examination timetable will not change even if the repeat presidential election date is postponed.
Matiang’i indicated that the Ministry of Education has made elaborate plans to ensure that candidates sit for their exams in a conducive environment.
“We were having our routine preparation meetings. Today we were meeting with the entirety of the sector including the unions. We will conduct the exams as outlined in the timetable shared by Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC),” he said.
“We are proactive, we have to always plan with a measure of consciousness of the environment in which we are working in. Should the election date change, we have made plans to conduct our examinations,” he added.
The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Secretary General Wilson Sossion supported the Education CS and reiterated that politics should not interfere with education.
“The examinations are very important to our children who are not preparing to vote but to sit for examinations. The dates as set out and outlined should not be altered for whatsoever reason.
“For any nation, children come first. Examinations and school programs should not be politicized,” Sossion noted.
The meeting was attended by education leaders including KNEC Chairman George Magoha, Principal Secretary of Education (PS), Dr Belio Kipsang among others.
The unions that also attended the meeting included Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet), KNUT, Kenya secondary school heads associations (KSSHA), and Kenya Primary School Heads Associations (KPSHA) and the education sector agencies.
According to the KNEC calendar, Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) is scheduled to begin on October 30, 2017, ending on November 3, 2017, while the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) is scheduled to run from November 6 – 30, 2017.