BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,4TH SEPT 2017-Education Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i says he has has written to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) asking it to hold the fresh presidential election ordered by the Supreme Court a week before 17th of October to avoid clashing with the national examination calendar.
The Kenya Certificate of Primary Examinations (KCPE) and the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examinations (KCSE) are scheduled to start on October 30 and November 30 respectively
Matiang’i claims that any other program later than 17th of October will throw the ministry of education into disarray, thus undermining the examination programs.
Addressing a press conference at the ministry’s headquarters in Jogoo House, Nairobi, Matiang’i on Monday 4th Sept ,the CS revealed that the ministry in conjunction with the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) have written to the IEBC requesting the presidential rerun be held before a week before the exams start.
Exams for visually impaired students will start on the October 23 while KCPE rehearsal is set to be held on October 30th.
“We urge IEBC to conduct polls earlier so that elections will not disrupt the third term school program which will in turn affect the psychology of candidates and [cause] unnecessary anxiety,” said Matiang’i.
KNEC Chairman Prof. George Magoha warned that politics should not lead to the postponement national examinations even though many primary and secondary schools are used as polling stations during elections, an issue Matiang’i termed as minor while assuring stakeholders that it will be resolved.