Schools will begin closing next week.
As a result of the Ministry of Education’s decision, many Kenyan preschools, elementary schools, and middle schools have moved their November/December vacation dates up to October 19 instead of the previously planned October 27.
This shift in holiday schedule is crucial since it is in preparation for national exams, particularly for kids in classes 8 and 4.
Learners who do not take the national exams will be required to stay at home until January 8, 2024. Candidates in the sixth and eighth grades will take the KPSEA and KCPE exams during a four-day period from October 30 to November 2, 2023.
This year’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams are set to begin on November 3 and run until November 24, 2023.
This is the last year for KCPE pupils to be taught under the 8-4-4 system, which has been replaced with a new 2-6-3-3-3 skills-based curriculum.
According to the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC), roughly 2.3 million applicants are anticipated to take the KCPE and KCSE exams this year. There will be 1,415,315 candidates taking the KCPE exam, and 903,260 children taking the KCSE exam.
David Njengere, Chief Executive Officer of KNEC, has announced that preparations for candidates, including 1,282,574 Grade Six students competing in KPSEA, have been completed.
There will be 1,143 containers utilized for the KCSE, KCPE, and KPSEA 2023 tests, as well as 576 distribution stations for KPSEA and KCPE exams and 567 containers reserved for KCSE exam paper distribution.
The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has chosen 223,223 teachers to serve as invigilators and monitors for the national exams in 2023, with an additional 37,731 teachers chosen as examiners. Beginning on November 27th, these teachers will begin the grading procedure, which will go until December 15, 2023.