Ban On Remedial Tuition Still In Place, Says Jwan.
Dr. Julius Jwan, Principal Secretary for Basic Education, has warned school principals against recalling students for remedial classes.
According to the PS, the time allotted for the academic year is sufficient for covering the syllabus as stated by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD).
“Normally in a term we have between ten to fourteen weeks. Within that period, all the schools will be able to cover the syllabus without any strain,” Jwan said.
Speaking to the press after supervising the distribution of KCSE papers to candidates at Uasin Gishu High School, the PS stated that last year’s academic calendar was taxing on the students, so the school holidays are a welcome respite.
“The next academic year that will be beginning on April 27th, will be an intensive programme of ten weeks and we want the learners to rest at home,” he said.
He also urged parents to make sure their children get enough rest and that if they need to study, they can do so at home in a safe environment.
On Monday morning, the PS oversaw the opening of the examination container in Eldoret, where he urged center managers and security officers to be on the lookout for any attempts to cheat.
He directed center managers to ensure that all examination materials remained in the exam room at all times in order to prevent examination leakage.
Ban On Remedial Tuition Still In Place, Says Jwan
“In previous examinations, we have had unfortunate incidents of centre managers attempting to access the second paper. I therefore call upon the security officers to maintain vigilance at all times,” he said.
“We are discouraging anybody (including the media) from taking photos within the examination room once the examination has commenced,” he added.
He stated that the examination’s progress has been commendable thus far, and that there has been no incident worthy of concern.
Most students had been absent from school since March 2020, when the country reported its first case of Covid-19, prompting an indefinite closure of educational institutions to halt the virus’s spread.
A total of 831,015 students will take the KCSE exam in 10,413 centers across the country, up from 752,981 students in 10,437 centers in 2020.
The TSC chief noted that Ministry of Education guidelines and directives required that only Deputy County Commissioners (DCCs) and Assistant County Commissioners (ACCs) be involved in the daily opening and closing of examination containers in their respective jurisdictions.
Basic Education Principal Secretary (PS) Jwan Julius announced drastic changes in school boards amid alleged interference by outside forces.
Ban On Remedial Tuition Still, Says Jwan