KUPPET Supports Proposal to Allow Sick Students Skip KCPE, KCSE Exams
Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers(Kuppet), has supported the proposal to allow sick candidates to skip national exams until they fully recover.
The proposal was made by the National Assembly’s Education Committee chairman Julias Melly, who said that it would be unfair to burden an ailing student with exams.
Melly argued that hospitalised candidates can also be given supplementary exams after they have recovered.
”We need to come up with a better solution. You cannot give exams to a sick person in hospital, we are looking for solutions to cope with this situation,” Melly said when he visited Mitihani House in Nairobi.
”It’s wrong to give exams to someone who has been sick for a long time: One who has been operated on and is still on medication.”
According to Kuppet Kilifi branch chairman Opollo K’Opollo,” many students who become ill during exams always find it difficult to complete their exams when hospitalised.”
Opollo urged the Kenya National Examination Council board to put more effort into ensuring that the examinations reach candidates on time due to the anticipated El Nino rains in October.
He said that this year there shall be three national exams which will be administered—Kenya Primary School Assessment (KPSEA) for Grade 6 learners, Kenya Certificate of Primary Education(KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education(KCSE).
The KCSE exams are set to begin on October 23 and end on November 24 while the rehearsals are set to begin on October 19.