NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 1 -The Ministry of Education on Monday confirmed that funds meant for preparations of the forthcoming national examinations set to begin this month have already been released.
Speaking after meeting with principals and school heads, Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang said that funds for both primary and secondary schools have been deposited in school accounts to allow for timely preparations including the purchase of examination materials such as specimens and chemicals.
“Last week there were complaints that we had not send funds but I want to confirm that these resources are now with our schools so that we can all settle and focus on delivering on the examination, “said Kipsang.
While in Mombasa for the schools heads meeting in June this year, headteachers complained that funds had been delayed, raising concerns that it would affect preparations for the national examinations.
Kenya Primary School Heads Association Secretary General Mafuta David appreciated that they have received the funds in good time to enable them prepare for the examinations.
“I want to thank the Ministry of Education for releasing capitation grants early. We are able to prepare materials and I also want to assure the children of this republic and all the stakeholders that we are going to deliver credible results, “he said.
According to a timetable released by KNEC, candidates sitting for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education exams are due for rehearsals on October 29 with examinations starting from 30 to November 1.
The KCPE exams will begin with Mathematics and English papers being administered on day one, Science and Kiswahili on day two and Social Studies and Religious Studies on the final day.
Candidates sitting for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education exams are due for rehearsals on November 2 with examinations scheduled to start on November 5.
KCSE candidates will start with Mathematics Alternative A and B, and Chemistry Paper 1and 2.
KCPE exams will be done in 27,161 centres, while 10,077 centres will host KCSE candidates.