Form Four examinations, which were set to begin on Wednesday, have been pushed back by three weeks to begin on October 15.
Kenya Certificate of Primary Education papers will be given between December 4 and December 6. The earlier date was November 13 to 15.
The first term of 2013 will start a month late, on February 4, instead of early January. This means that pupils will be in school for only a month before the General Election, which might disrupt learning.
Changes to term and exam dates will give students time to catch up with revision and complete the syllabus.
“We hope that the General Election or the run-off will not adversely affect learning. We will play with the tools that we have,” Education Minister Mutula Kilonzo said.
All primary and secondary schools will now close on Friday November 23 instead of Friday November 2.
The Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) written papers will be done between November 12 and December 11.
“It is important for all of us to appreciate Article 53 of the Constitution that notes ‘a child’s best interests are of paramount importance in every matter concerning the child” and since they lost considerable amount of time, consultations have been held and agreed upon the new school and exam dates,” he said.
Marking and release of examination results has also been affected by the changes. KCPE marking and processing of the exam will take place between December 7 and January 25 when the results will be released.
The same process for the KCSE exam will be undertaken between December 13 and April 16 when the results will be released. “As the minister for Education, I will issue a gazette notice redeeming the old exam timetable and gazetting the new ones.”
New KCPE and KCSE Examination Time Table 2012
- KCPE exam dates: December 4 to December 6
- KCSE exam start date: October 15
- KCSE written exam dates: November 12 to December 11
New term dates for 2013.
- First term – Monday February 4 and end on Friday May 17, 2013.
- Second term – June 3 and end on September 6.
- Third term – September 30 and end on November 29.
This year, 820,255 Standard Eight pupils will sit KCPE. The exams will be administered in more than 23, 000 schools. Another 437,782 will sit KCSE in more than 7,000 schools countrywide.