The Education Committee in the National Assembly is pushing for a change to the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) Act that would exempt sick candidates admitted in hospitals from having to take their national exams.
According to the proposal, they would instead be granted the opportunity to take supplementary exams at a later date.
In a meeting with KNEC officials, the committee, led by Julius Melly, Member of Parliament for Tinderet, expressed concerns about these candidates’ physical and emotional well-being.
The committee noted that such candidates may not be in the optimal condition to perform well in their national exams and thus require an alternative solution.
“We have discussed with KNEC that they need to come up with a better policy to ensure sick candidates and those young girls who have delivered will be offered supplementary exams when they miss their national exams,” he stated.
He emphasized the unfairness of expecting young mothers or individuals recovering from surgery in hospitals to take an exam.
If the proposal is approved, primary and secondary school students will have the same opportunity as university students to reschedule exams in the event of illness.
The committee cautioned school administrators at both the primary and secondary levels against withholding students’ examination certificates once they have completed their national exams.
KCPE and KPSEA examinations are slated to take from October 30 to November 2. KCPE candidates will undertake rehearsals on October 27. On October 30, they will tackle Mathematics, English Language, and English Composition assessments.
The following day will feature Science, Kiswahili Lugha, and Kiswahili Insha exams. The examination will conclude on November 1 with Social Studies and Religious Education subjects.
For KCSE candidates, the examination period will run from November 3 to November 24.