The Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) has encouraged the 2023 KCSE candidates to join fellow Kenyans in commemorating today’s holiday by planting trees.
“KNEC urges all candidates and general public to plant trees today as a patriotic contribution towards the government’s target of growing 15 billion trees by 2032 with the aim of combating climate change,” announced KNEC.
Despite Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki declaring Monday a national holiday, he specified that the KCSE candidates would proceed with their exams.
This decision came after the Cabinet Secretary gazetted November 13 as a public holiday for Kenyans to partake in tree-planting activities nationwide.
“In Exercise of the powers conferred by section 3 of the Public Holidays Act, the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and National Administration declares Monday, November 13, 2023, a public holiday in which the public shall be engaged in tree growing countrywide,” read the gazette notice.
The second week of exams commenced on Monday 13th, starting with Mathematics Paper 2 and Kiswahili Paper 3.
On Tuesday, candidates will tackle Religious Education Paper 1 and Biology Paper 1.
Wednesday will see learners sitting for Religious Education Paper 2 and History and Government Paper 1.
Thursday’s schedule includes Biology Paper 2 and History and Government Paper 2.
The entirety of Friday will be dedicated to candidates completing Biology Paper 3, which is a practical examination.
The exams, beginning on October 23 with practical papers, are scheduled to run for a month until the end of November.
This year’s KCSE exam is being undertaken by a total of 903,260 candidates.