National exam grading will be fair. “Do Not Panic” – Magoha.
Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has assured candidates taking national exams in March that the test questions will not be difficult and that the marking will be moderated to account for the Covid-19 challenges that have plagued the education sector.
Education CS Prof George Magoha has assured Kenyans that the densely packed 2022 exam calendar will go ahead as planned.
Magoha, who spoke in Murangá County yesterday, assured this year’s primary and secondary school candidates that the government will ensure fairness in examination marking despite the busy calendar.
He stated that preparation for the national examinations is in high gear and that marking will take into account the constrained academic timelines.
The CS stated that the 2021 national examination, which would have taken place by last December, will now take place in February, beginning with the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE).
Standard 8 candidates will take their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination in March 2021, according to the Kenya National Examination Council’s timetable (KNEC).
National assessments for the inaugural Grade Six under the Competency-Based Curriculum will also be conducted in May.
The CS stated that the second cohort of CBC will undergo Grade Six assessment alongside 2022 KCPE and 2022 form four (KCSE) candidates between October and December.
When inspecting the construction of new classrooms to accommodate a double intake of students from the 8-4-4 system and the new Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) curriculum, the CS spoke at Kamahuha Girls and Highlevel Secondary schools in Murang’a.
“I am reaffirming here that the examination will proceed uninterrupted as planned as the March examination is ready. I am calling on the pupils and students not to panic,” said the CS.
Magoha, who is in charge of the education sector, has warned politicians against interfering in an election year, saying that those who do so will be dealt with.
“Public servants are mandated to ensure the continuation of government programmes and we appeal to those who will take over after President Kenyatta’s term ends to ensure that the already existing programmes go on without interference,” he observed.
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Prof Magoha stated that the construction of CBC classrooms is progressing well and that phase one of the projects should be completed by March 1.
“Some classrooms are already at the painting stage and I appeal to contractors to complete the works before March 1 so that we can embark on phase two which will start in April and end in June,” he said.