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All Attention Drawn To KCPE And KCSE Exams As Schools Reopen

All Attention Drawn To KCPE And KCSE Exams As Schools Reopen.

Schools reopened on Monday for the Third Term, which also serves as the home stretch for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams, which will begin in March.

The term will last nine weeks, ending on March 4, with no midterm break; it will be the shortest term yet.

According to the revised academic calendar released in 2019, the 2021 KCPE exams will be held between March 7 and March 10, while the KCSE will be held between March 11 and April 1.

As the school calendar returns to normal, these will be the final KCPE and KCSE examinations held outside of the traditional November-December period.

Class 7 and Form 3 students will take their national exams between November and December 2022.

The KCPE will take place between November 28 and December 1, while the KCSE will take place between December 1 and December 23.

CS Education Last week, George Magoha stated that 2022 will be a test for the education sector in terms of ensuring the safety of national examinations.

“This coming year will determine whether or not the transformation we have implemented at the Kenya National Examination Council is sustainable,” Magoha said at the launch of KNEC’s strategic framework 2021-26.

“Instead of having the two normal exams (KCPE and KCSE), we are going to have five examinations,” he said.

The Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association’s Indimuli Kahi stated that most schools have already completed syllabus coverage for the finalist classes.

He also stated that the time will allow for adequate preparation and polishing of students for their KCPE and KCSE exams.

Financial Burden


However, as the reopening process continues, parents are once again blaming school administrators for imposing fees that have not been approved by the government.

Kenya Parents Association chairman Nicholas Maiyo expressed concern about defiant principals who have failed to follow the Education Ministry’s school fee guidelines.

Maiyo, in particular, expressed concern about some institutions defying directives to reduce school fees due to the short length of the academic year.

“We are in talks with the Education ministry to help enforce the directive and beginning tomorrow, we will be forwarding the names of those who are going against the directive,” Maiyo told the Star on Sunday.

The review of fees was prompted by the burden of paying school fees for four terms, which parents faced during difficult economic times.

Parents paid school fees when schools reopened for the second term after a nine-month break in January 2021, in May for the third term, in July for the first term 2021, and in October for the second term.

They must now pay again beginning tomorrow for the third term.


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To help parents, the Education Ministry reduced the fees charged by boarding schools last August due to the shortened time learners were expected to spend at school.

Fees for Category B schools (all other boarding schools, including extra-county, not located in the above-mentioned towns) were Sh35,000, a decrease from Sh40,535.

However, there was still concern about a lack of enforcement, which led to school principals defying the directive.

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