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KNEC postpones Grade 4 and class 8 exams over Mashujaa Celebrations

By Judah Ben-Hur | October 19th 2020
Stephen Mwansi taking Grade Four pupils at Moi Education Center, Nairobi, through a science lesson on 13th October 2020. [Edward Kiplimo, Standard]

The national assessment test for Grade Four and Class Eight which was scheduled for today has been postponed to Wednesday, October 21. 

The decision was made following tomorrow’s Mashujaa Day celebrations which would have complicated the entire exam process.

“The purpose of this letter, therefore, is to inform you that due to the Mashujaa Day celebrations on October 20, the date for administration of learning assessment tools has changed,” KNEC said in a statement.

KNEC has also released the new exam dates which match with those of the KCPE exams. The students will start with the Mathematics paper, English and Composition on the first day. The students will then do their Science test, Swahili and Insha on the second day, before sitting for the religious studies test on the last day.

KNEC has also asked to give students enough time to do their exams even when the time required elapses.
By the time schools closed in March, learners in Grade Four and Class Eight were left with two weeks before starting their end of term exams.

According to a report from Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC), the exams to be taken by those in Grade Four was to test what they had learnt in 2019 while in grade three.

The current exams are also meant to assess whether the students can proceed with the current class after a six-month-long hiatus due to Covid-19.

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