Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has been seen as one of the most radical reformers of education ministry and most hardworking CS of the Jubilee government since his appointment to the docket.
The CS however, has come up with very outrageous rules to be implemented in schools in order to curb exam cheating. These raft changes are generally hilarious and have been criticized by many terming them discriminative and ineffective.
In a press statement released to media houses on Wednesday, the Education ministry announced ban on mid-term break, visiting days and prayer day for Form Four students in third-term along with any other third term social activities.
Term two has been extended to 17 weeks instead of the usual 14 weeks with the schools closing on 29th August and not the earlier set date of 5th August. This is in a bid to curb examination cheating in the final year exams at the Primary and Secondary School.
Begging the question, do these rules only target boarding schools while overlooking day scholars who study during the day and in the evening they have all the freedom they need to interact with the world.
The statement also indicated that form one to three will also not be allowed in schools during the examination period.
However, a parent one Musau Ndunda has welcomed the move saying that it will greatly reduce exam irregularities. We will thus, wait to see how effective this will be at the end of the year.