Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has announced that national examinations slated to take place in March 2021 are ready.
About 1.9 million candidates are scheduled to sit the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) and Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations which were initially slated to kick off from October 27 and November 4 respectively.
The exams were, however, postponed to next year owing to disruptions to the academic calendar caused by Covid-19 pandemic.
“The examinations are now ready and are very simple. Let parents encourage their children to continue preparing. I must also applaud the teachers for the manner in which they have covered the time table,” said Prof Magoha during a visit to Roysambu Primary School in Nairobi.
Magoha yesterday also reiterated that schools will re-open on January 4, 2021, noting the Government would do whatever it takes to ensure 100 per cent preparedness.
“There may be challenges when we re-open, but we shall altogether deal with them as they come. This is a very serious issue and people should stop politicising it because Covid-19 is here to stay and we must adapt,” he said.
Magoha further said the Government would provide protective masks for approximately three million learners from poor families.
“We shall not provide masks to everybody because I strongly believe a large number of families can afford Sh100 to buy masks,” he said.
He said boarding learners whose parents might not be able to pay school fees due to the economic impact of Covid-19 should be allowed to continue learning as modalities of payment is being sorted