Teachers Raise Concerns on KCPE, KPSEA Exams.
Teachers and other stakeholders expressed concern on the difficulties that are anticipated for the November 28 national exams.
They observed that since the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) tests are scheduled to begin on the same day, it will confuse the students and disrupt those who are currently in class.
“KPSEA exams are concluded about one hour before the KCPE exam, this means we will have to teach the learners the different sounds of the bell,” noted one of the teachers.
In addition, teachers noted that students had to prepare for two national exams in a short period of time.
At least 3 million students are anticipated to take the KCPE and grade six examinations.
Compared to the amount of teachers needed to monitor the tests, this large quantity was also cause for concern.
“The teachers have had a tough time preparing two groups of learners for the national exams,” lamented one of the teachers.
In several northern regions, teachers criticized the prevalence of teen pregnancy among their students.
Harun Maina, county commissioner for Kajiado, reported that ten sixth-graders and twenty-eight eighth-graders are pregnant.
In addition, in regions impacted by the ongoing drought, teachers bemoaned the lack of food but assured students that there were plans in place to supply lunch.
However, they emphasized that the appropriate authorities will not tolerate any type of cheating.
Notably, Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu told parents that sufficient mechanisms to combat cheating were in place.
He mentioned that officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) will monitor online platforms for exam cheating.