NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 27 – The government announced on Friday that form four students will sit their papers on schedule from October 22 as standard eight pupils kick off their examinations on November 12.
Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang said the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) had established a portal where candidates can confirm and verify their registration as well as access results when they are announced next year.
The website is semanasi.knec.ac.ke
Kipsang also said that new legislation will help to stamp out the cheating menace that has marred national examinations in the past.
He revealed plans by the ministry to review the curriculum to ensure that students are better equipped with skills in addition to basic education.
“We are facilitating a review of the current curriculum of the primary and secondary education to offer more quality education. Not only should we focus on the learning aspect but also comprehensively equip the students with values, goals, aptitudes and attitudes,” he said.
“This year our theme is ‘A Cheating Free Examination’,” said Kipsang.
He added that the ministry is also reviewing various legislative instruments to align them with the Vision 2030 saying that teachers’ training curriculum also needed to be reviewed.
“Teachers are the direct contact between us and the students and as such in changing the curriculum we also need to review their training curriculum and ensure that it is also up to the standards,” he added.
He further encouraged stakeholders in education and school heads to embrace Information Communication Technology (ICT) as the government starts the laptop project next year.
“ICT is a major vehicle for teaching and learning from the earliest years,” Kipsang said.
“Thus it is imperative for the government to roll out the laptop project for the students at such a tender age,” he added.
KNEC Chief Executive Officer Paul Wasanga said registration of students was fully conducted online this year.
“Registration was easy and it was done on time because school heads did not have to travel distances to register students. It was also effective because heads can go to the SEMANASI website to confirm their students’ registration,” he added.