From Right: Education Permanent Secretary (Dr. belio Kipsang), KNEC Boss (Dr. Mercy Karogo) and Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha.

Knec postpones scheduled exams over Corona Virus shutdown

The Kenya National Examinations Council, Knec, has postponed examinations that were to kick off this month as a result of the CoronaVirus shutdown. This is after the government ordered for a total close down of all learning institutions across the country in order to curb further spread of the deadly virus. Consequently, the exams council has taken this drastic move ‘in compliance with the Presidential Directive on suspension and closure of all learning institutions to control and manage the spread of COVID -19 virus.’

Via a circular dated Monday March 16, 2020, Knec Acting Chief Executive Officer (Dr. Mercy Karogo) advises that ‘Business and Technical theory examinations scheduled to start on Monday, 23rd March, 2020 have been postponed until further notice.’

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But, according to Dr. Karogo, ‘Business and Technical Practical/Oral examinations scheduled to end on Friday, 29th March, 2020 shall continue as scheduled.’

 ‘The Diploma in Teacher Education examinations shall continue until Friday 20th March, 2020 and thereafter be postponed from Monday, 23rd March, 2020 until further notice,” She adds in the Circular.

This comes even as the fate of reopening of the closed institutions remains unknown as the Government puts up Spirited efforts to Control the Disease.

Dr. Karogo says ‘the Council shall review the directive from time to time and communicate when the postponed examinations will resume.’

The Council is yet to give an update on the fate of the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education, KCSE, and Kenya Certificate of Primary Education, KCPE, examinations; more so, status on upload of the 2020 Project based milestone one marks and data considering the fact that the deadline for uploading the same (onto the Knec portal) is March 31, 2020 and schools have been closed down.


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