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Magoha: KCPE, KCSE exams may be held in April 2021

Secondary and primary school final examinations will be sat in April 2021 if the scheduled September 2020 reopening was successful, Education Ministry says – By Gerald Gekara.

Kenya’s 2020 KCPE and KCSE candidates will now sit for their examinations in April 2021, according to the Education Ministry directive.

While appearing before the Senate Ad Hoc Committee on COVID-19, Prof. Magoha confirmed that there is a possibility that schools might not reopen in September.

He attributed this to the rising number of Coronavirus infections in the country and further cautioned that it might not be possible to have the tests held next year, if schools will not open by September 2020.

“We are looking at the calendar at what time we can open schools and do exams, if we opened in September we might do exams in April, beyond that it won’t be feasible to do the exams,” said Magoha.

“Although we intended to open in September, as of now I can’t say if that will be possible. At this stage, our numbers are going up, and we might have a peak in September or October and we will decide if we would want to open our schools.”

However, there have been speculations that class eight and form four candidates being prioritized ahead of the gradual reopening of schools.

This is due to the doubt cast upon institutions’ capability to control social distancing policy in schools, and availability of proper hygiene facilities in schools.

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