George Magoha, the Cabinet Secretary for Education, has denied rumors and requests to delay national exams and lengthen term times in response to a disturbance brought on by the just finished General Election.
The Kenya Certificate for Secondary Education (KCSE) and Kenya Certificate for Primary Education (KCPE) national exams will be conducted as scheduled in November, according to remarks made by Magoha on Thursday, August 18.
He explained that the polls had only slightly disrupted the academic schedule, which did not support extending the school year.
“Our kids are incredibly strong. Many of them had finished their course work. They have time to review, and it’s crucial that they stay safe “Magoha clarified.
The National Parents Association’s Nicholas Maiyo had asked Magoha to extend the school year because of the disruption the elections had caused.
If the terms are not extended, parents have also requested a reduction in school costs through their representatives.
“Originally set to begin on August 11, school opening was delayed until August 18. Our request is that the school year be prolonged or, if that is not possible, that the tuition be decreased “Magoha was contacted by Maiyo.
On September 16, the second term will come to a conclusion, and students will have just one week off before returning for the third term of the 2022 academic year.
This will put a stop to the two-year program collapse caused by the 2020 pandemic hiatus. In January 2023, the regular school year will start again.
Maiyo also requested that the government, through the Ministry of Transport, which is overseen by Cabinet Secretary James Macharia, control the public service vehicle (PSV) industry after some of the operators raised prices on Thursday, August 18, when classes resumed.
After parents objected to fee hikes on the majority of routes, they had to delve deeper into their wallets to get their children back to school.
“We want to request that the government take strong action against matatu saccos who are abusing their position to raise prices,” Maiyo continued.
Parents have been reassured by the National Police Service (NPS) that pupils would have security when they return to school.
The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), on the other hand, urged matatu drivers to follow traffic laws in order to prevent accidents.