School holidays have come to an end as students, both for primary, and secondary re-opened on Monday.
For Primary and secondary schools, this is their third and final term on the school calendar, where the national examinations, Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and the Kenya National of Secondary Education (KCSE) will also be taking place.
The final stages in the piloting of the new curriculum ahead of its rollout next year will also be carried out in the course of this term.
According to the school calendar, learning will take place up to October 29th, 2017 so as to give room for standard eight and Form Four students to sit the national examination in a two-month marathon term with no non-academic activities or mid-term break.
Same as last year when the cabinet Secretary of Education Dr. Fred Matiang’i took over the education sector, prayer sessions in schools will not be conducted. This was said to be a move to reduce unnecessary contact between candidates and outsiders during the examination period.
This year, a total of 1,003,556 candidates were registered for the KCPE while 615,773 are set to sit for KCSE. There will be 28,566 examination centers for the KCPE and 9,350 for KCSE candidates. A total of 6,037 KCPE and 7,001 KCSE private candidates also registered this year.
KCPE examination will last for three days starting from October 1 to November 2 while KCSE will start on November 4.