The Ministry of Education has extended the second term in both primary and secondary schools by one week to ensure the syllabus is adequately covered.
According to the Ministry of Education, this is part of radical measures to curb cheating during the 2016 national examinations and includes the reorganization of school term dates, shortening of the examinations period and changing of the exam timetable.
“Further to the ongoing preparations for national examinations, the ministry, in consultation with the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) and in compliance with the provisions of the Kenya National Examinations Council Act, specifically Legal Notice No. 135 on Conduct of Examination Rules, we are today announcing new measures meant to improve the administration of this important national exercise,” he stated.
Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i says that term two which was to end on August 5 will be extended to August 12.
Third term for all schools (primary and secondary) will commence on August 29 and end on October 28 for standard one to seven and form one to three.
“Any prayer arrangements, as consistent with normal prayer and worship involving school chaplains and teachers of the school will not be affected. The aim is to avoid unnecessary contacts between the candidates and outsiders during the exam period,” he added.