Kenya’s guidelines on school term opening excite students, parents

The Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) said the 2020 national examinations will now be set according to the syllabus covered.

Addressing the press on Thursday, KICD Deputy Director Olive Mbuthia said that parents and candidates should not worry about end of year exams but instead focus on learning according to their environment.

“Teachers have been encouraged to cover for the lost time when schools reopen,”she said.

Mrs. Mbuthia defended the government’s move not to postpone KCPE and KCSE exams even as schools remain shut until June this year.

She added that the government is seeking a solution after receiving complaints from parents whose children can not access the online learning.

Since the indefinite closure of schools by President Uhuru Kenyatta on March this year, due to the outbreak of the novel Covid-19, more than 15 million learners have remained at home.

Education CAS Zack kinuthia also added that private schools have no control in setting the exams, emphasizing that Government will ensure learners will recover lost time by reducing the August holiday period.

Parents have been urged to ensure their children remain at home to avoid further spread and contracting the coronavirus.

The CAS also ruled out the idea of having virtual exams or graduation in Universities. He asked the universities to come up with ways of ensuring students learn virtually.


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