Why KCPE and KCSE Exams Could Soon Be Abolished In The Country

  • The Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams could soon be a thing of the past if Parliament passes the Basic Education Amendment Bill, which seeks to abolish the exams.

    The amendment motion being pushed for approval by Karachuonyo MP James Rege, could bring about the biggest change in the education sector yet.

    The bill suggests for students to sit for yearly exams instead of the final KCPE and KCSE exams.

    The exams will then be tallied to find the mean score after eight years of primary school and four years of secondary school.

    The mean will be used in the selection students to join high schools sand campuses respectively.

    According to Rege, the current system does not give students a chance to learn.

    He said that most students just wait for the last minute before sitting the exams in order to cram knowledge which they forget soon after they finish the exams.

    If approved the new system will take effect in 2016.

    Primary school students who are currently in class four, will be the first to be tested using the new system meaning the last KCPE exams will be done in 2019.

    In secondary schools, students currently in form two will use the new system with the last KCSE exams being done in 2018.

    Aside from the drastic change in examinations, the amendment also proposes the establishment of post secondary schools talent academies in every county to ensure that gifted students explore their talents in extra curricular activities.