University Education PS Simon Amb Simon Nabukwesi. PHOTO/FILE

University Education PS Simon Nabukwesi Hints at Early Exams in Kenya Amid Covid-19

MEDIA: University Education PS Simon Amb Simon Nabukwesi. PHOTO/FILE

University Education Permanent Secretary Ambassador Simon Nabukwesi has hinted that the national exams could be contacted earlier than expected.

This is after President Uhuru Kenyatta, just like other nations across world, suspended learning activities to combat the spread of the Covid-19 in mid March. The move has halted learning operations in all the institutions in Kenya.

But speaking on state-owned Radio Ingo on Thursday 23rd April, 2020, the former Friends School Kamusinga Principal said that should Kenyans operate with the government in battling down the virus, schools would open even earlier that the expected projection by experts.

Experts had earlier warned that the coronavirus pandemic could last for a year, plunging learners into worries about the fate of their national exams they have worked hard to undertake.

“If Kenyans cooperate by observing the preventive measures laid down by experts, we will win this war earlier enough and take our children back to school,” said the former Bungoma High School teacher.

According to Ambassador Nabukwesi, the government is laying down plans to ensure that learners sit for their national examinations without interference from the disease should the pandemic persist.

“But in a situation where the pandemic may take longer, then we will have to single out only Standard 8 and Form Four candidates to school and sit for their exams.”

The former Kenyan Ambassador to Canada explained that the candidates will have to be summoned back to school with clear guidelines on observing preventive measures while under keen monitoring from the government for 14 days. The learners would then be spread across junior class rooms facilities to observe social distancing as their temperatures are observed as they sit for their exams.

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Ambassador Nabukwesi also asked Kenyans to support the government by heeding the stay at home call to fully combat the virus so that learning and other business operations can normalize.

“The earlier we end this war, the early we resume operations,” Nabukwesi told listeners in the morning show hosted by Moses Mesuswa.

Nabukwesi also urged parents to guide their children back home and prepare their children for exams so that they don’t waste time roaming up and down.

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He also assured Kenyans of the Government support especially in the education sector.

Kenya has so far recorded 303 coronavirus cases, among them 14 deaths and 83 recoveries. 722,000 patients have fully recovered across the globe from the 2.6 million recorded cases.

Ambassador Simon Nabukwesi was appointed by President Kenyatta as the PS for University Education. Nabukwe hails from Emakhese village in Ndivisi Location of Bungoma County.

The legendary leader is known for propelling Friends School Kamusinga to the peak of Kenya’s academic giants.

As the U.E PS,  he is already steering the universities into innovations that could help reduce the effects of the pandemic. He is also motivating the research institutions that are under his mandate to come up with remedies.

Some of the notable institutions include Kenyatta University and Dedan Kimathi Universities which have innovated ventilators and mobile applications to be used in the fight against the pandemic.

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