Why Some Candidates Could Miss KCSE Exams.
Education stakeholders in the Arid and Semi-Arid Regions (ASAL) are concerned that candidates will not take the national examinations scheduled for November and December 2022.
According to the stakeholders, the protracted drought in the afflicted areas forced pupils to drop out.
Some pupils were forced to scrounge for food and water alongside their parents.
Additionally, the drought exposed children of all ages to the risk of contracting illnesses and other long-term repercussions.
Concerned stakeholders encouraged the government to prioritize certain regions while launching school meal programs.
They suggested that older students and children would remain in school if afforded the same incentive as those in Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE).
However, they emphasized that pupils from drought-affected districts should not be expected to achieve the same results as their colleagues from other parts of the country.
Education Cabinet Secretary (CS) Ezekiel Machogu has pledged to collaborate with other leaders to combat the devastation caused by school drought.
Despite the devastating drought, he assured parents and stakeholders that the government would ensure that all students attended school.
“Currently, the Education Ministry is feeding learners in 10 arid counties, 16 semi-arid counties and informal urban settlements in 10 counties,” Machogu stated.
Machogu announced the publication of a handbook entitled History of Kenya’s School Meal at an event hosted by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) on November 2.
Exams for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) are scheduled to take place between November 28 and November 30.
The Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) will begin on November 21 and end on December 23.
Under the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) system, Grade Six students are also scheduled to sit for national tests in November.