Seating for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education in the Pandemic

The D-day is finally here, and class eight pupils from different schools in the country are seating for their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination, an examination that will see them transition from primary school to secondary school level.


The three-day examination kicked off on Monday, and will run for three days, consecutively, with the learners being examined on key subjects such as; Mathematics, English language, English composition, Science, Kiswahili Lugha, Kiswahili Insha, Social studies, and Religious Education.


More than 100 learners from Buckner Kenya run schools are seating for the examination and are hoping for the best, since they were forced to stay home for close to a year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic that led to the closure of learning institutions in the country.


“We are glad that schools reopened although things were quite different. Our teachers came in handy to prepare us for our KCPE examination, we did several examinations before this one and we scored good grades and we are optimistic that we will achieve good grades and make our teachers, parents and the Buckner Kenya family proud,” said Aisha Abdalla, a candidate from Seed of Hope Academy in Kitale.


1,187,517 candidates from different schools in the country are also seating for the examinations, with tough measures put in place by the Ministry of Education to curb exam irregularities. The leaners are expected to observe COVID-19 prevention protocols by seating two meters apart, wearing facemasks, washing hands and having their body temperature checked before entering the examination room.

New Term Dates

The Ministry of Education in Kenya updated the new term dates for all learners, after the closure of schools in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This will see all learners start their first term in July, instead of January.


Class eight and form four learners will also seat for their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination, going to High school in March, instead of November and December as it was in the previous school calendar.


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