Pray for your child in the house, it will arrive directly- Magoha tells off Parents

No visits to schools

Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha

Learning institutions have been cautioned against holding prayers or meeting in schools ahead of the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams.

This directive was made by Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha, who was addressing journalists on Wednesday during the launch of CBC teacher training session in Machakos.

The Education CS said: “There will be no events, no fundraising, no prayers whether in public or private schools.” 

Prof Magoha continued: "...You can pray for your child in the house and it will arrive directly to the child."

Teachers warned

He noted that certain teachers want to negate the directive from his predecessor CS Fred Matiang’i that was announced three years ago.

This term that is coming we are going to apply rules that were made at that time which means no interference with our children as they are taken through the syllabus,” Prof Mahoga said.

Candidates sitting the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exams will begin their exams on October 28 with the Mathematics paper, and finish their last paper – Social studies and Religious Education – on October 31.

Form four candidates will officially begin their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams on November 4 and the last paper will be done on November 27.

Matiang'i rules

In 2016, then Education Cabinet Secretary (CS) Fred Matiang'i announced that midterms, visiting days, prayers' day and all other social activities during schools' third term were banned.

According to the CS, such events contributed to exam malpractices since students would get access to exam papers and mobile phones to help in propagating the vice.

Prof Magoha announced to students countrywide that the rules still apply to date and warned against exam cheating.

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