The Ministry of education has ordered for revision of Sub county school choices by KCPE candidates.
In a circular addressed to Regional Directors of Education, County Directors of Education and Sub-County Directors of Education Ministry has asked schools to revise the choices between 15th February, 2021 and 26th February, 2021.
Ministry has also asked the Education Directors to advise all primary schools presenting candidates for KCPE that the choice of day schools will be based on the parents/guardians/area of residence unlike in the past where candidates made choices from schools within sub-counties where they sat for examinations.
Below is the full circular requiring primary schools to revise choice of schools for KCPE candidates.
Ref: No. MOE/3/6/86
• Regional Directors of Education
• County Directors of Education
• Sub-County Director of Education
Date: 11th February, 2021
RE: REVISION OF SUB-COUNTY SCHOOLS CHOICES BY KCPE CANDIDATES
In order to enable the Ministry place all learners to secondary schools centrally, candidates must revise their subcounty schools choices (referred to day schools).
The Kenya National Examination Council has therefore made it possible for learners through their schools to revise the choices between 15th February, 2021 and 26th February, 2021.
Kindly advise all primary schools presenting candidates for KCPE that the choice of day schools will be based on the parents/guardians/area of residence.
This is a departure from the past where candidates made choices from schools within sub-counties where they sat for examinations.
In essence day schools should be within commutable distance from their residence.
The schools therefore need to be provided with the list of all subcounty schools in the country,
A soft copy has been sent to you by email.
A.G. RUKARIA, MBS
FOR: PRINCIPAL SECRETARY
Copy to: CEO, Kenya National Examination Council
Chairperson, Kenya Primary Heads Association
Chairperson, National Parents Association
Ministry of education through its Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang had on January issued a raft of measures to be followed in schools ahead of KCPE and KCSE exams.
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.
DAYS, DATES, SESSIONS AND DURATION OF 2021 KCPE EXAMINATION PAPERS
NOTE: The Kenyan Sign Language papers should be taken only by candidates with Hearing Impairment (HI).
DAYS, DATES, SESSIONS AND DURATION OF 2021 KCSE EXAMINATION PAPERS
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.