Government Bans Mocks and Joint Examinations: Putting Students First

We’ve got some news hot off the press from the Ministry of Education. Brace yourselves, because the government has officially said, “No more mocks and joint exams” That’s right, they’ve put their foot down and made a bold move.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. “But why, oh why, would they do such a thing?” Well, it all boils down to one simple reason: our students. The government wants to create an environment where our future geniuses can thrive without unnecessary stress and anxiety. They’re putting the students first, and that’s something we can all get behind.

So, what’s the plan? In a letter dated July 6, 2023, Basic Education PS Belio Kipsang made it crystal clear that schools should steer clear of any inter-school exams. You know, those mock exams and joint exams that have been causing quite a ruckus? Yeah, those are a thing of the past now.

But let’s not stop there. PS Kipsang also called on the County and Sub-County Directors of Education to make sure this ban is enforced and followed by all schools. We need everyone on board to make this work, folks. It’s time to embrace change and create a better learning experience for our students.

Now, I won’t lie to you. Mock exams have their merits. They can help students prepare for the real deal and get a taste of what’s coming. But here’s the catch: they’ve become a source of exam phobia. Students are getting all worked up, stressed out, and let’s face it, nobody wants that. We want our students to shine like the bright stars they are, without the added pressure.

That’s where Continuous Assessment Tests (CATs) come into play. They’re like little checkpoints along the way, providing a more comprehensive evaluation of our students’ progress. It’s time to embrace these CATs and bid farewell to the mock exams that have overstayed their welcome. Let’s give our students a chance to breathe and show us what they’re truly capable of.

Now, let’s address the elephant in the room: student unrest. We’ve seen it happen, folks. Schools suddenly closing, chaos erupting, and even teachers getting pelted with stones. It’s not a pretty sight, I tell you. But here’s the thing, according to the wise Deputy County Commissioner Solomon Chesut, midterm exam phobia is at the heart of these troubles. It’s like a fear of exams on steroids, and we need to nip it in the bud.

So, let’s rally together and support this ban on mocks and joint exams. Let’s create an education system that focuses on the holistic growth of our students, not just their exam scores. It’s time to put our heads together, come up with innovative assessment methods, and ensure that our students feel supported and encouraged throughout their academic journey.

Change is never easy, but if we want to see our education system thrive and our students excel, we need to embrace it with open arms. So, let’s bid farewell to the mocks and joint exams of the past and welcome a new era of continuous assessment and student well-being.


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