“Extend School Calendar,” Parents Tell Magoha
Parents are advocating for the extension of the school calendar in order to provide adequate time for learning and preparation for national exams later in the year.
According to National Parents Association chairperson Nicholas Maiyo, the extension should compensate for the number of days lost during the electioneering period, allowing parents, teachers, and students to adequately prepare.
“The consequence of children staying at home longer is that their performance in exams is poor. We are asking for an equal number of days to those interfered with by the electoral period,” said Maiyo.
Candidates for the 2022 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams will take the exams from November 28 to December 1, and from December 1 to December 23, respectively.
The first CBC students will also take the Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) on November 28.
Schools were initially closed for a one-week half-term holiday beginning August 6 and returning on August 13.
This year’s third term will run from September 26 to November 25.
“Many schools have started on revision and that is the most important period in preparing the candidates,” Indimuli added.
At the same time, the disruption in the school calendar is likely to have an impact on the transition from the 8-4-4 curriculum to the new Competence-Based Curriculum (CBC), with the first CBC cohort starting in grade 7 In January 2023.
Simultaneously, the disruption in the school calendar is likely to have an impact on the transition from the 8-4-4 curriculum to the new Competence-Based Curriculum (CBC), with the first CBC cohort entering grade 7 in January 2023.