Ministry issues new instruction on 2021 KCPE and KCSE exams

Ministry issues new instruction on 2021 KCPE and KCSE exams

All Regional Directors of Education

All County Directors of Education

PRINCIPAL SECRETARY

JOGOO HOUSE “B” HARAMBEE AVENUE

P.O. BOX 30040,

NAIROBI

21st January, 2021.

RE: PREPARATIONS FOR THE 2021 EXAMINATIONS BY THE KENYA NATIONAL EXAMINATIONS COUNCIL

Further to the ongoing preparations for national  examinations, the  Ministry  in consultation with the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) and in compliance with the provisions of the Kenya National Examinations Council Act, specifically Legal Notice No.135 on Conduct of Examination Rules and in line with the Ministry of Health Protocols on Covid-19, is announcing measures meant to improve the administration of this important national exercise and control spread of Covid-19 in schools.

These measures include the reorganization of school term dates, the examinations period, change  of examination timetable, ban of social and related  activities in schools during national examination term and scrapping of half  term breaks during the national examination term.

1.  REORGANISATION OF TERM DATES AND MID-TERM BREAKS

Third Term/Second Term (National Examination Term) for all schools (Primary and Secondary) commenced on 4th January, 2021 and ends on 19th March, 2021.

Unlike the current practice, there will be no half term break during Second Term/Third Term given the short period and the need to adequately and effectively prepare for the National Examinations.

2.   EXAMINATION PERIOD AND TIME TABLE

The Ministry and stakeholders including KNEC have agreed to reorganize   the examinations period and hence released a timetable corresponding to the new dates.

3.   BAN ON SOCIAL ACTIVITIES IN THIRD TERM

To control  and  ensure effective preparation for the examinations, it has become necessary to control extra-curricular and social activities during the Second/Third Term (National Examination Term).

Like in previous  years, there  will be no prayer  sessions for candidates involving parents  and  outsiders in  schools during  the Third Term (National Examination Term).

However, any prayer  arrangements as consistent with Covid-19 protocols involving  school chaplains and teachers will be allowed.

The aim is to avoid unnecessary contacts between candidates/ students and outsiders during the exam period/Covid-19 Pandemic period.

4.   APPOINfMENTS AND RESPONSIBILITY OF PRINCIPALS AND HEAD TEACHERS

The KNEC will appoint school principals and head teachers to be in charge  of their examination centres with the assistance of carefully selected supervisors.

Together with Board of Management (BOM) of their schools, these officials will take full responsibility and accountability for any exam malpractices  that may be reported in their centres.

KNEC will also identify senior officials and selected teachers to be supervisors and invigilators of the National Examinations.

Dr. Belio Kipsang, CBS
PRINCIPAL SECRETARY

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