The Ministry of Education has issued a ban on all mock and joint exams administered in schools across the country.
The decision aims to address the growing cases of school unrest as stated in a statement released on July 6 .
“The purpose of this circular is to ask you to bring to the attention of all schools within your jurisdiction and take corrective measures to stop any occurrence,” the Ministry statement read in part.
The Ministry advised schools to refrain from organizing inter-school examinations, as it would disrupt the school calendar.
Education Ps Belio Kipsang clarified that this decision was made after a meeting with the Parliamentary Committee on Education and the Special Investigation Team chaired by David Koech and Claire Omollo, respectively.
The Kenya Secondary School Heads Association (KESSHA) had previously advocated for the prohibition of joint mock exams and urged the Ministry to implement additional strategies to ensure orderliness in the education sector.
As an alternative to mock exams, the Ministry had previously proposed the use of Continuous Assessment Tests (CATs), citing concerns about the commercialization of mock exams by certain schools.
According to the Ministry, school strikes have been causing increased tension, particularly in boarding institutions, driven by various challenges faced by students and their demands for better conditions.
Teachers from different schools have raised concerns about transfer students leading strikes and causing damage to educational institutions.
As a result of student unrest in June, three schools in the Garissa township were closed indefinately.
Violence during protests led to the closure of Garissa High School, County High School, and Boystown Secondary School.Students at Boystown Secondary School broke into offices and smashed computers, printers, and other school property as their teachers stared with schock from the outside.
In 2021, the Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) expressed their apprehension regarding student strikes, which were reportedly triggered by the announcement of shorter half-term breaks by the Ministry.
Omboko Milemba, the chairman of the union, explained that mid-term breaks are essential for students to alleviate pressure and for parents to provide guidance before their children resume their studies.
Machogu, on Monday, January 30, banned teachers from conducting early morning and evening classes for all students.
The CS expressed concern over the excessive workload imposed on students by teachers, which leaves them with insufficient time to rest.
Machogu issued a warning to schools, cautioning them against the practice of demanding students to arrive before dawn or dismissing them after dusk.
“With the resumption of the education calendar, the government will be vigilant on reporting time of students. Classes should start at 8.00 am and end exactly at 3.45 pm,” the CS stated