Grade 4 and Class 8 learners are beginning their assessment tests on Wednesday, October 21, after the exercise was postponed due to the Mashujaa Day celebrations.
Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) had issued a letter postponing the tests saying the decision was reached to allow the State conduct the Mashujaa fete.
“The purpose of this letter, therefore, is to inform you that due to the Mashujaa Day celebrations on October 20, the date for administration of learning assessment tools has changed,” KNEC said in the letter.
KNEC said the celebration would have complicated the process. However, the council did not reveal instances through which the Mashujaa Day celebrations would have disrupted the smooth running of the assessments. This is considering the fact that the event took place at Gusii Stadium in Kisii County and for only 8 hours.
The council revealed that the Standard Eight learners are to be tested on all the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) papers. According to KNEC, the Grade 4 pupils will be tested in English, Kiswahili and Mathematics activities.
This is after KNEC provided school heads with guide on how to conduct the assessment and the timetable. The tests were to run from Monday, October 19 to Friday October 23.
At the same time, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe on Monday appealed with parents to provide masks for the children. Kagwe said parents were expected to chin with purchase of masks.