Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha responded to the demands of headteachers who urged him to postpone the KCPE and KCS exams.
Magoha dispelled fears that the national exams, scheduled for March 2021, will be rescheduled.
While speaking at Kabarak University’s 17th graduation ceremony, Magoha noted that postponing the exams would not solve the rising cases of students’ unrest in schools.
“The examinations are ready. Candidates should not panic. Let them be calm and prepare for the tests, which have taken into consideration challenges occasioned by disruptions to the academic calendar,” the CS stated. He added that President Uhuru Kenyatta urged all students and graduates at Kabarak to adhere to the law refrain from vandalism, arson and other vices that may dent their future.
“The country has experienced insecurity and other social challenges. I call upon those graduating today and the entire student fraternity to desist from engaging in retrogressive practices,” an excerpt of Uhuru’s speech, read by Mating’i read.
Magoha and his Interior CS counterpart, Fred Matiang’i, had earlier on called for the reintroduction of caning in schools to curb the unrest.
“We must discipline our children. So our work is to build schools as they destroy down? It’s tough love, our children must understand that parents sacrifice a lot for them,” Matiang’i noted.
With the increase in cases of students’ unrest in schools, the headteachers argued that they were ill-prepared and needed more time to prepare for the exams.