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School Heads Want Policy Review on Exams to Expectant Candidates

School Heads Want Policy Review on Exams to Expectant Candidates.

Head Teachers have urged the Ministry of Education to cease administering the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) tests to pregnant candidates who give birth or become ill during the national test.

The Kenya Primary Schools Head Teachers Association (Kepsha) stated that the ministry should reevaluate its examination policies to accommodate candidates who become unwell or give birth during the examination time.

“Why should a sick candidate take their examination in a hospital or those expectant in a maternity ward? Why can’t we have a policy where, if a child cannot be able to sit an exam, he or she should get a supplementary paper later when they get well,” said Kepsha chairman Mr Johnson Nzioka.

Also supporting the proposal was the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut).

In an interview with Nation, Mr. Collins Oyuu, secretary-general of Knut, stated, that pregnancy is not a disease.

In an interview with Nation, Mr. Collins Oyuu, secretary-general of Knut, stated, that pregnancy is not a disease.

The school administrators stated at the conclusion of their four-day annual conference at the Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Primary School that candidates who have recently given birth should be allowed to ‘completely recover.

Principals also petitioned the government at the beginning of this year to avoid delivering Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) tests to students who give birth during the national test.

The Kenya Secondary School’s Heads Association (Kessha) applauded the government for enhancing inclusive education; nevertheless, the heads stated that candidates who have recently given birth are still invalids and should heal completely before taking an exam.

“We appreciate that the Ministry of Education and the government have continued to embrace education for all. Wl, that we are even able to manage our young girls who fall in a family way and our principals manage them despite the challenges that go with them. Why should we test a girl who has just delivered,”? asked Kessha chair Kahi Indimuli.

Instead, the association’s leader encouraged the government to allow candidates sufficient time to heal from pregnancy and childbirth.

The school administrators stated that it is not a question of life and death for the candidates to take the tests at a later date, when their brains and bodies are prepared.

Mr. Indimuli encouraged Kenya National Examination Council (Knec) to evaluate the situation thoroughly.

“I have never fallen pregnant, but I have been with somebody very close who has been expectant and I have seen the pain they go through. Here is a girl, who has gone through that problem the whole night and delivers around 6am, maybe through the caesarian section or normal delivery. But at 8am we are there with an invigilator, a policeman and a supervisor,” he said.

If a physician has determined that a student is ill and requires hospitalization, Mr. Indimuli suggests that the student be provided bed rest.

Each year, hundreds of candidates give birth during the KCPE and KCSE.

To ensure a 100 percent transfer from primary to secondary, the head teachers committed to building the capacity of other stakeholders and preparing them for the implementation of Junior Secondary Schools.

Additionally, Kepsha will cooperate with the Kenya National Parents Association to assist children with re-enrollment in school.

“Provide security for learners and teachers in areas affected by insecurity. Provide infrastructure resources to assist CBC implementation and increase of the school enrolment resulting to the closure of some private schools,” said the association.

Kepsha further committed to assisting their employer, TSC, with the professional development training of teachers.

“We will also prepare teachers on retirement preparedness, and lobby for speedy processing of teachers’ pensions once they retire,” said the association.

The association stated that it will also support the process of developing and improving the National Education Management Information System (Nemis) to improve data collecting efficiency.

School Heads Want Policy Review on Exams to Expectant Candidates.

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