Basic Education Principal Secretary Dr. Julius Jwan, has warned school principals against recalling students back to school for remedial tuition.
The PS said that the time allocated for the academic year is adequate for the coverage of the syllabus as stated by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD).
“Normally in a term we have between ten to fourteen weeks. Within that period, all the schools will be able to cover the syllabus without any strain,” Jwan said.
Speaking to the press after supervising the issuance of KCSE papers to candidates at Uasin Gishu High School, the PS said last year’s academic calendar was strenuous on the learners therefore the school holidays are a much-needed break.
“The next academic year that will be beginning on April 27th, will be an intensive programme of ten weeks and we want the learners to rest at home,” he said.
He further urged parents to ensure that their children have enough rest and in case they need to study, they should be allowed to study at home in a conducive environment.
Earlier in the morning, the PS supervised the opening of the examination container in Eldoret, where he urged centre managers and security officers to be vigilant in order to thwart any attempts to cheat.
He instructed centre managers to ensure all the examination materials remain in the exam room at all times to ensure there is no leakage of the examinations.
“In previous examinations, we have had unfortunate incidents of centre managers attempting to access the second paper. I therefore call upon the security officers to maintain vigilance at all times,” he said.
“We are discouraging anybody (including the media) from taking photos within the examination room once the examination has commenced,” he added.
He said so far, the progress of the examination is commendable and there hasn’t been any incident worth worrying about.
Uasin Gishu County has over 300 exam centres with 18,500 candidates, 9,400 being boys and 9,100 girls.
By Brian Kipkenei