2021 KCPE, KCSE Examinations Will Have No Hitch – CS Magoha
The 2021 national examinations, which are scheduled for March and April of next year, will be tailored to account for the challenges that candidates have faced as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
As a result, the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations will have “a human face,” according to Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha and his Interior counterpart Dr Fred Matiang’i.
According to the two, the government was concerned about the effects of the pandemic’s disruptions to the school calendar, particularly for students in Standard Eight and Form Four.
“Let our learners maintain calm and be ready to sit the examinations. We are going to ensure we have a human face in the coming examinations… Candidates should not fear,” said Prof Magoha.
The CS made a similar promise earlier this year before the 2020 candidates took their exams in March and April. When the results were announced, public primary schools outperformed previous years.
Some private school parents and teachers then claimed that there was a human intervention, with the results being standardized to favor students in public schools.
The government denied the claim, explaining that those were the results of the free primary education program and the distribution of textbooks to all students.
Despite missing school from March to October, more candidates qualified for university admission in the KCSE examinations than the previous year.
During the lengthy closure, students in public schools received no guided instruction from teachers, while many in private schools engaged in virtual learning.
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Some parents protested the standardization of exam results by presenting a petition to Parliament. They attached select results from school-based exams that their children had taken as evidence that their final national exam scores were suspect.
The Education Committee of the National Assembly, which considered the petition, has yet to submit a report to the House. Prof. Magoha announced that the examinations for 2021 are complete.