Nairobi, KENYA: Education Cabinet Secretary (CS) Fred Matiang’i has banned prayer days in high schools as one on the new released measures that are suppose to help curb cheating during national examinations.
During a press briefing on Wednesday, Matiang’i announced that prayer days in third terms have been banned,claiming that most of them are used as avenues for exchanging materials which later aid cheating in the KCPE and KCSE exams.
“There will be no prayer sessions for candidates as has been the case in previous years when parents and outsiders visited schools during the third term, ” said Matiang’i.
Speaking in Nairobi, the CS also banned midterms, visiting days, and all other social activities during schools’ third term saying such events contribute a lot to exam malpractices.
“Annual general meetings will be conducted in the first and second terms of the schools calendar year. Prize giving, thanksgiving and prayer days for candidates will be done in the second term,” added Matiang’i.
The Ministry further added that the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination would not extend for more than four weeks to reduce possibilities of exam irregularities.
At the same time, Matiang’i announced 2016 examination dates, with the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exam slated to run from November 1 to 3 after which KCSE will start on November 7 to 30.
This year’s second term will also be extended by one week hence schools will break for the holidays on August 12, added Matiang’i.