Private Schools Appeal to Magoha on KCSE, KCPE Registration

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    Education CS George Magoha addresses legislators in Parliament February 2020
  • A number of private schools across the country on Thursday, October 22, asked the government to allow the transfer of nominal rolls for pupils moving to new institutions.

    Private school owners raised concerns over the fate of students whose parents relocated due to the negative effects of Covid-19 on the economy.

    The schools argue that failure by the Government to address the issue will lead to a number of students across the country missing the KCSE and KCPE National exams.

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    Education Cabinet Secretary Professor George Magoha (left) Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang (right) and KCB Group chief executive officer Joshua Oigara (behind) touring Olympic Primary School in Kibera on Monday 12 October 2020.

    Precious Bonanza Director Charles Ndirangu pleaded with the Ministry of Education to open a window for the transfer of nominal rolls.

    "There are some that were not able to report back on the required date, others came back today. Some have not been able to return and the big question is whether they will be allowed to sit for the national exams.

    "There are schools that have permanently closed, most of the schools had candidates, where will they sit their national exams? I ask the Government to open nominal rolls transfer," he explained.

    Ndirangu added that in order to ease the burden on students and teachers, the government should allow for fresh registration of national exams for the students who transferred.

    This comes after Grade 4, Class 8 and Form 4 students reported back to school on Monday, October 12, with the government embarking on the phased reopening of learning institutions.

    The Director also noted that online learning during the seven months of school closure exposed most students to dirty content with some requiring counselling.

    "When the students were using phones for online learning, there are some who misused the gadgets and were exposed to dirty content.

    "We heard there was a WhatsApp group where students shared explicit content," he added.

    According to a report by The Standard on Thursday, October 15, KNEC ruled out the change of examination centres by candidates despite hardships posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Education CS George Magoha visiting a school in 2019.
    Education CS George Magoha visiting a school in 2019.
    The Standard