Learners from 162 schools with closed exam centers will take exams at nearby schools.
Knec CEO David Njengere said the list of closed centers wasn’t open to the public, but schools and parents ensured that the exams went smoothly.
“We have just completed the registration of the exam center and will give further instructions to the school ahead of next year,” said Dr. Njengere.
He said that some test centers were integrated with other centers. This reduction will affect 24 and 138 primary schools, each with less than 30 candidates.
Candidates for Standard 8 will participate in the three-day exam from March 7th to March 9th, 2021, with rehearsals scheduled for March 6th.
Candidates for Form 4 will take the written exam from February 28th to April 1st, and the practice will begin as early as January.
Peter Ndro, executive officer of the Kenyan Private Schools Association, spoke with the country and said the decision to reduce exam centers would hurt some learners as they would have to walk long distances to their host schools. rice field.
He said the private school had asked lawmakers to allocate more money to the Kenyan National Examination Council (Knec) so that the closed center could be reopened.
“When sitting with Knec staff after announcing new requirements for registering the school as an exam center, they said they needed at least 40 candidates.
Ndoro said the center integration needs to be revisited to ensure that children take exams at their respective schools.
“Even if this year’s review does not resolve this issue, parliamentarians will need to consider our request and allocate more money to Knec for Kenyan children,” he said.
John Stone Nzioka, chairman of the Kenyan Elementary School Directors’ Association (Kepsha), said the group had not received complaints from the heads of public elementary schools regarding the integration of the test center.
“I haven’t heard any complaints from the principal so far, so public elementary schools don’t seem to be affected. I hope all schools are okay and will register candidates,” he said.
Knec has instructed the principals and principals of the affected schools to work with the sub-county and the county’s education director to determine the host school.
Parents, especially those in private schools, complain that if their child takes the exam at the host school, it can affect their grades.
A petition from parents who challenge Knec’s decision to reduce the number of candidates the center should have is still pending in court.
Public secondary schools have not been significantly affected as the majority of classes are overcrowded due to the policy of 100% transition to primary and secondary education.
With the previous FormOne placement, almost all secondary schools have almost doubled their capacity.