The Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) has pushed forward the Grade 4 and Class 8 assessment tests due to the Mashujaa Day celebrations.

The exams that were slated for Monday, October 19, have been pushed forward by two days to Wednesday, October 21, after KNEC issued a circular to headteachers across the country.

Acting KNEC Chief Executive Officer Mercy Karogo revealed that the Mashujaa Day celebrations set to be held in Kisii necessitated the changes.

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Education PS Belio Kipsang consults with KNEC acting CEO Mercy Karogo at an education forum in 2019

“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,” read part of the KNEC circular.

The exams will now end on Monday, October 26, after the new dates were announced by the exams body.

The acting KNEC CEO added that upon resumption of other classes, exams will also be issued to the students.

A definite date for the resumption of other classes is yet to be issued by the Ministry of Education for Grade 1 to 3, Class 5 to 8, and Form 1 to 3.

On Thursday, October 15, Karogo stated that the tests were meant to establish the preparedness of the children to continue with the curriculum.

According to the council’s schedule that was released last week, the candidates were expected to tackle Mathematics, English, and Composition on the first day.

On the second day, the students were to be tested on Science, Kiswahili and Insha which will be followed by Social Studies and Religious Education on the third day.

The exams were also effected to help learners adjust and refocus from the 7-month break with the majority of students unable to access online classes.

File image of KCSE students sitting an exam
File image of KCSE students sitting an exam