By Cally Imbai
Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha has said that the ministry of education does not have any plans to extend the national examination registration period whose deadline is May 14.
Speaking on Saturday at Kakamega School, Magoha maintained that head teachers and principals should ensure that all candidates are registered for the national examinations scheduled for November this year before the deadline.
The examinations include the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE), Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) for Grade Six pupils and the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE).
Magoha took a swipe at Principals and Head teachers who are not taking the exercise seriously saying any of them who will not abide by this directive will face his wrath.
“Looking at the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) portal, I have seen that there is a lot of jokes. Our head teachers and principals have not taken this thing seriously at all. We shall not extend that deadline. That is why I’m here on a Saturday.” said Magoha
Earlier, the CS who had visited Kakamega Primary school which has over 560 candidates sitting KCPE and another 1,000 candidates in grade six, cited Kapsabet Boys which has already registered 487 candidates sitting KCSE exams this year.
He lauded the two schools for having registered all their candidates.
“It will be a very serious criminal offence to leave a Kenyan child from doing a Kenyan exam paid for by the Kenyan government.” said Magoha.
Magoha also directed secondary school principals to ensure all students coming for admission are admitted in school regardless whether they pay tuition fee or not, saying the government policy is to fast track, 100 per cent transition from primary to secondary.
“We have 9,000 scholarships for such students. As a principal, when a needy student comes, just admit them and ensure you give them all the basic requirements and forward his name to us. We shall then put such students on a four year scholarship program.
We are also asking parents whether they have school fees or not, to have the students admitted and their needs will be taken care of by the government,” said Magoha.
According to Magoha, he has received reports that heads of day secondary schools were turning away students over lunch money, saying it is inhumane and anyone found will be punished by the ministry.
“Day scholars should not be sent home to bring money for lunch. Just allow them in school but do not give them lunch. Even me I was in a day school, I did not take lunch in school and I did no die. Let the kids get education so that in future they can change the narrative of their families where they come from,” said Magoha.