Schools Warned Against Charging Candidates During exams.
The national exams start on Monday, and principals have been told not to ask candidates for money.
Paul Kibet, the general director of the Ministry of Education, stated that, contrary to government regulations, certain school administrators have reportedly asked parents to pay for exam facilitation and lunch.
“This violates earlier stated government guidelines regarding illegitimate levies. Parents should not be compelled to provide candidates with lunch. All field officers must immediately halt and report such incidents to this office.
Tomorrow marks the beginning of the national examinations for Grade Six and Standard Eight students.
The assessments will significantly determine the destiny of these young students.
They have had sufficient time to study for the Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) and the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE).
Additional classes have been canceled to allow candidates to focus on their papers.
In addition to the candidates, their Form Four seniors will also take the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination.
These exams are essential because they pave the path for learners to advance to the next level of their studies.
Thanks to the government’s transition policy, everyone will be promoted to the next level. However, performance quality will ultimately define each candidate’s future course in life.
As this is a matter of life and death for the children, their teachers, and their parents, corrupt school administrators use it to impose illegal fees.
Some principals demand payment from parents for the ‘facilitation’ of exam invigilation, security, and lunch.
Government officials have warned that such fees violate Education ministry rules. The field officers should cease these practices and inform their superiors.
In a letter to county education directors dated November 24, 2022, Mr. Kibet said that any officer in charge of the area where such cases are reported would be punished.
Saturday Nation has also received complaints from parents who allege they were made to pay for supervisors’, invigilators,’ and security personnel’s lunches.
“Children are being threatened that if they don’t pay they won’t sit the national exams. This is becoming a psychological torture at this time to learners,” said one parent.
Learners in Grades 6 and 8 took practice tests yesterday to prepare for their tests, which start on Monday.
Still, students in other grades have already left school to allow applicants to appear for their exams.
During the practice, the applicants met their supervisors and exam monitors and were told about the exam rules.
Students in grade 6 will take the Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA), and those in grade 8 will take the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE).
The KPSEA will have five parts: math, English, integrated science, Kiswahili, creative arts, and social studies.
In contrast to school-based assessments under the competency-based curriculum (CBC), in which students are graded using rubrics, the questions will be presented in a multiple-choice format.
Also, they won’t write English essays or Kiswahili Insha because they are graded in school.
The assessment will account for 40% of each paper, while the formative school-based assessments they completed in fourth through sixth grade will account for 60%.
The Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) already has the scores for the later tests in its database.
The modification was driven by the requirement to cut logistics costs. The government grants Sh4 billion for examinations to Knec.
Even though there are more than 1.35 million more candidates, no more money was added to the budget.