The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) has voiced support for a proposal allowing sick candidates to defer their national exams until they have fully recovered.
The proposal presented by Julius Melly, the Education Committee chairman of the National Assembly.
During his visit to Mitihani House in Nairobi Melly argued that it would be unjust to impose the exam burden on ailing students. He further proposed that candidates receiving medical treatment could be provided with supplementary exams upon their recuperation.
”We need to come up with a better solution. You cannot give exams to a sick person in hospital, we are looking for solutions to cope with this situation,” stated Melly
”It’s inappropriate to subject exams to someone who has been unwell for an extended period, especially someone recovering from a surgery and still on medication.”
Opollo K’Opollo, chairman of KUPPET Kilifi branch, emphasized that many students who fall ill during exams struggle to complete their assessments while hospitalized.
Opollo urged the Kenya National Examination Council Council (KNEC) to enhance efforts to ensure timely delivery of examinations to candidates, particularly in light of the expected El Nino rains in October.
He highlighted that this year will witness the administration of three national exams; the Kenya Primary School Assessment (KPSEA) for Grade 6 learners, the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE), and the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE).
KCPE and KPSEA examination candidates will have a rehearsal on Friday, October 27. The three-day exams will run concurrently, commencing on Monday, October 30, and concluding on Wednesday, November 1, paving the way for the KCSE exam scheduled from November 2 to 24th.