National Examination Registration Period Will Not Be Extended – Magoha
The government will not extend the national examination registration period, which ends on May 14, according to Education CS George Magoha.
The national exams are set to take place in November.
Magoha said on Saturday at Kakamega School that headteachers and principals must ensure that all candidates are registered before the deadline.
The candidates will take the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education, the Kenya Primary School Education Assessment for Grade 6, and the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education.
Magoha stated that any school principal who does not follow the directive will face his wrath.
“When I look at the Knec portal, I get discouraged. Our headteachers and principals think that we will extend the registration deadline,” he said.
He had previously visited Kakamega Primary School, which has 560 KCPE candidates and another 1,000 in Grade 6.
This year, Kapsabet Boys has 487 candidates sitting for the KCSE exams who have registered.
He praised the two schools for their decision.
Magoha directed school principals to ensure that all students are admitted, regardless of whether or not they pay tuition.
He stated that the government’s policy is to expedite the transition from primary to secondary school.
“We have 9,000 scholarships for such students. When a needy student comes, admit them and give them all the basic requirements and forward their name to us. We will then help them through scholarship,” he said.
“Parents should also take their children to school whether they have school fees or not. The government will take care of them.”
Magoha stated that he had received reports that some schools were turning away students due to a lack of funds for lunch.
He stated that anyone found to be capable would be punished.
“Day scholars should not be sent home to bring money for lunch. Just allow them in school but don’t give them lunch. Let the kids get an education to help their families, ” Magoha said.