The Ministry of Education has cautioned school principals against enforcing remedial classes, emphasizing that such programs are against the law.
The Principal Secretary for Basic Education Belio Kipsang, voiced his apprehensions regarding certain school principals who persist in imposing unauthorized fees on parents to compensate teachers for conducting additional teaching sessions.
“We cannot explain why we need extra hours in the name of remedial teaching,” stated Kipsang.
He underscored that the ministry’s specified teaching hours were ample for imparting the necessary skills, competencies, and knowledge that students would utilize in tackling their examinations.
Kipsang highlighted that supplementary teaching and the associated fees posed an extra burden on parents.
Kipsang made these remarks during a gathering with educational officials and government administration officers from various regions at Shimo La Tewa Secondary School in Mombasa on September 19.
Kipsang’s caution comes as primary and secondary schools prepare for the national exams.
The Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and the Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) exams are scheduled to commence on October 30.
On the other hand, the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams will start on November 3 and conclude on November 24.
Kipsang stated that the ministry would implement measures to ensure the credibility of examinations in the country.
Moreover, he urged educators to regain the trust of society by overseeing this year’s national examinations with integrity.
“As officers deployed to oversee the administration of national examinations, we must therefore ensure that we guard the conduct of the examinations against all sorts of malpractices to enhance credibility, validity, and reliability of the examinations,” he emphasized.