Enforce ban on mock exams, Kaimenyi tells county education bosses

County directors of education have been asked to ensure that primary and secondary schools comply with the ban on mock examinations.

In a circular dated August 25, Education Cabinet Secretary Prof Jacob Kaimenyi said mock examinations should be school-based or done for a cluster of schools.

“The ban was advised by the preliminary findings of the Parliamentary Education Committee, chaired by David Koech, which in its final report affirmed the ban,” read the circular that was also copied to heads of public secondary and primary schools.

Provincial and district mock examinations were banned in 2008.

“The ban was among many other recommendations some of which are in fore while others are being implemented progressively,” Prof Kaimenyi adds.

The circular was copied to the Teachers Service Commission Chief Executive Officer, Nancy Macharia.

In another circular, Prof Kaimenyi directed the headteachers to display audited accounts of their schools on notice boards in the institutions for accountability and transparency.

“Board of Management must ensure that all grants and donations are channelled to their schools are displayed on the official notice board and official receipts issued to the donors of the source of the funds,” said Prof Kaimenyi in the circular dated August 12.

The CS said the audited accounts should be discussed during annual general meetings with parents.

“The audited accounts of schools will be thus constitute a substantive agenda item at such meetings,” Prof Kaimenyi said.

He said parents have a right to participate in the management of the schools.