Hold fresh presidential poll before October 17, Matiang’i urges IEBC

Hold fresh presidential poll before October 17, Matiang'i urges IEBC
Education CS, Fred Matiang'i during a press briefing on Monday, September 4 2017. PHOTO BY TABITHA ROTICH

The Education ministry has urged the electoral commission to schedule fresh presidential election a week before October 17 to allow national examinations to start as scheduled.

The Kenya Certificate of Primary Examinations (KCPE) and the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examinations (KCSE) are scheduled to start on October 30 and November 30 respectively and the Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has assured all stakeholders that all preparations are ready.

Speaking during a press conference at the ministry’s headquarters in Jogoo House, Nairobi, Dr Matiang’i revealed that the ministry in conjunction with the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) have written to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) requesting the the presidential rerun be held before a week before the exams start.

Exams for visually impaired students will start on the October 23 while KCPE rehearsal is set to be held on October 30th.

“We urge IEBC to conduct polls earlier so that elections will not disrupt the third term school program which will in turn affect the psychology of candidates and [cause] unnecessary anxiety,” said Dr Matiang’i.

KNEC Chairman Prof. George Magoha warned that politics should not lead to the postponement national examinations even though many primary and secondary schools are used as polling stations during elections, an issue Dr Matiang’i termed as minor while assuring stakeholders that it will be resolved.

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Story By Tabitha Rotich
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