Tana River County is ready for the forthcoming national examinations, with the necessary preparations having been completed.
The County Director of Education Khalif Hassan told KNA in Hola that all examinations stakeholders involved in the area have been trained, ready for the task ahead.
The Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) exams and Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) will commence on November 28 to 30, while the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination will run from November 21 to December 23.
Hassan said the government will avail choppers to serve areas that may prove impassable as a result of the ongoing short rains.
“We are also cooperating with the office of the County Commissioner for provision of adequate security during the entire exam period,” he said.
At the same time, the Director urged candidates who are out of school for various reasons to go back to class before the examinations start. “The few who are out of school should return before the 28th to take the exams. All candidates should continue with revision. I want to urge even those without school fees to report back for exams,’’ said Hassan.
The County Director of Education decried the decrease in candidates sitting for KCSE in Tana River, despite the government drive aimed at ensuring 100 percent transition from primary to secondary school.
In the 2021 KCPE exams, the county had a 98 percent transition from primary to secondary schools. “This shows that there is a decline, I want to encourage fellow education stakeholders that we need to put our heads together to see how we can improve retention in the secondary,” said Hassan.
By Sadik Hassan