Students seating for their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education exams

In a so-called reprieve for candidates sitting this year’s national exams, the exams will be set in accordance with the amount of syllabus covered. This was revealed by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD).

As students have stayed at home for more than a month, questions have risen about the status of national exams. The tensions surrounding the exams have increased even as some schools take up online learning. With the beginning of the second term postponed, the  syllabus coverage was at risk. However, KICD Deputy Director Olive Mbuthia said that there should be no worry about the national exams and parents and candidates should not worry about the end of year exams but instead focus on learning according to their environment. “Teachers have been encouraged to cover for the lost time when schools reopen, “she said.

She also defended the government’s move not to postpone KCPE and KCSE exams even as schools remain closed possibly until June.  The KICD boss said the Government was seeking a solution for parents whose children cannot access virtual learning.

On the other hand, Education CAS Zack Kinuthia said that the Government will ensure learners will recover lost time by reducing the August holiday period. The CAS further urged parents to ensure their children remain at home to avoid contracting coronavirus.

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Joining the e-graduation debate, CAS Kinuthia said: “There is nothing like virtual exams or graduation. Universities should come up with ways of ensuring students learn virtually but interrupted graduations should be deferred for now.” His statement deals a blow to plans by the Dedan Kimathi University of Technology to hold a virtual graduation ceremony for its students in two weeks.

Learners were also urged to continue their studies by getting all KICD approved materials on the Kenyan Education Cloud.