Matiang’i says polls to hurt 2018 learning

Education secretary Fred Matiang’i. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Education secretary Fred Matiang’i. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

The Education ministry has said the school calendar will be disrupted next year unless the electoral agency conducts a repeat presidential election by October 17.

Education secretary Fred Matiang’i said programmes such as placement and selection of Form Ones as well as rollout of free secondary education will be affected.

“Other activities will be new frameworks and policies. This is the shortest (term) and its only six weeks that are remaining. Our fingers remain closed that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission will consider our proposal,” Dr Matiang’i said on Monday.

The Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) candidates are set to start sitting some of their practical subjects from October 23.

Dr Matiang’i said preparations for both the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and KCSE exams had been finalised, including setting, printing and packaging of exam papers.

“We hope IEBC will consider our much reasonable and humble request,” said Dr Matiang’i. In 2012, then Education minister Mutula Kilonzo changed the examination dates following a three-week teachers’ strike to cover for the time that was wasted.

KCPE was done between December 4 and December 6. The earlier date was November 13 to 15 while KCSE, which had been scheduled to begin on September 26 of that year, was moved to October 15.

The first term of 2013 started a month late, on February 4, instead of early January.

“Our plan is not dependent on IEBC, we have been planning since January and we were done with the issue of the timetable before the end of first term. Our plan and timetable is intact and we do not want to interfere it,” said Dr Matiang’i.