The Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations will be released on January 23, according to the Basic Education Principal Secretary, Dr Belio Kipsang.
Speaking on Friday when he supervised the release of the final examination materials, Kipsang said that the Form Four exams were done successfully and peacefully, with the collaboration between the Ministry of Education, Interior, and National Administration, and the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector contributing to the success.
The normal academic calendar year was disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, which saw schools close on March 16, 2020, partially reopen on October 19, 2020, and fully reopen on January 4, 2021, a period of about nine months.
Kipsang praised the teachers for their hard work in preparing their pupils for the exams despite the disruption, and also lauded the media for their professionalism in covering the exams.
On Bungoma County’s Moi DEB School and other schools that have had issues with recent KCPE exams, the CEO of the Kenya National Examination Council, Dr David Njengere, has called on the school to file an official complaint.
Njengere said that any cases arising from the ongoing KCSE exams will be investigated and communicated, and that Knec officers are currently compiling the reports.
The financial burden on parents whose children are going to secondary school after their KCPE exams is usually high, as most of these children go to boarding school and have many requirements. The current economic situation in Kenya is adding to this burden, as the cost of living has risen due to the strengthening of the dollar and an increase in fuel prices.