Archive November 29, 2018

Kenya: National Exams News

  1. Primary-Kenya Certificate of Primary Education(KCPE)


The 2018 Standard Eight national exam results are out. Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed has released the results for the Primary Schools. In the 2018 KCPE exams, 527,294 were boys while there were 525,070 female candidates.CS Amina Mohamed noted that the performance had improved, with female candidates performing better than males in English, Kiswahili and Kenya sign language.

The ministry had directed for a 100 per cent transition rate to secondary school. The candidates shall be issued with their admission letters before the commencement of the Christmas celebrations. The Head of State urged those who sat the exams to be satisfied with whatever grade they rightfully scored, adding that the government will ensure they all proceed to secondary school.

This year’s KCPE top candidate got 455 marks compared to last year’s 437, a remarkable improvement

KCPE results can be checked via SMS  to 20076 or online

  1. Secondary-Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education(KCSE)


KCSE exam results to come out before Christmas

The over 600,000 candidates who sat this year’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination will get their results before Christmas, Education minister has said.

Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed said marking will be done in good time in order to allow parents to plan.

Marking of the scripts is expected to start on December 7 and end by December 18. Last year, KCSE exam results were released on December 20.

Dadaab Response on National Exams

The refugee children from Dadaab also for the KCPE and KCSE like the way Kenyans subjected to these exams. Primary learners also received their results and willing join NGO supported schools and some private schools in the Camps. Despite that learners are happy, parents foresee a lot of expenses to their children; beginning from school uniform, admission fee and other stationeries for learning purposes.

The secondary students who also completed their exams yesterday and hopefully expecting a good result that will enable them to join the university.




UNHCR Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa motivates youth desperate for higher education in Dadaab.


In his passionate drive to advocate for quality higher education for Somali refugees, UNHCR Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, Ambassador Mohamed Affey, visited Dadaab Refugee Camps on 9th and 10th October 2018.  He met with refugee youth some of who have completed secondary school, but they have had no access to higher education.

In his interactions with the youth, Ambassador Affey listened to their aspirations, dreams, challenges and needs. He encouraged them to remain positive and use their time in the refugee camps to engage in self-education as they aim for a brighter future.

“Education is the greatest equalizer in life.”

“The day you become educated, you will take care of yourself and your community. You will forget the pain of being a refugee,” Ambassador Affey told the youth.

He urged the refugees in the Dadaab camps to take advantage of the facilities that UNHCR and partner agencies have provided. He also reiterated the importance of advocacy to address key barriers to higher education for the large number of Somali refugee students in Dadaab.

“We are here in Dadaab to do advocacy work for the international community and our partners for continued support to refugee education in Dadaab so that many more can get an opportunity to go to school, to transit from high school to university and from university to the job market around the world as responsible members of the global community,” the envoy said.

Ambassador Affey appealed to the international community, private sector, Somali civil society and Somali business people, Somali government and NGO partners to scale up their support to create additional higher education scholarships for Somali refugees.   He observed that education is a key driver in finding durable solutions for refugees in protracted refugee situations. The youth in Dadaab remain expectant that the advocacy efforts by the Special Envoy will increase the number of scholarships programmes for higher education.

National Exams(KCSE, Kenya certificate secondary education)

The beginning of this month 5th Nov, the national examination of Kenya has begun; in the Dadaab refugee camps have 7 registered secondary schools who are also setting this exams; the exams are final exams and the mode of the doing is just the same us the other exams but the pressure students are exerted on is unexceptional; some of the students i met told me that ” the exams looks militarized, we have police officers, new invigilaters, supervisor and center manager, beside that we have a team that come to oversee the progress of the test and sometimes go to class to check if in case there are irregularities.
According to a refugee candidate that I saw on the way he told me this is tough exam; the test is easy but the supervision, and the rules set to avoid any irregularity are scaring, he told number of his friends sometimes forget to write what they know in the fear they are told that they are copying from their friends.
the exams is the longest exams that is done for high School in Kenya; it goes for 17 days minus the weekends. the ministry concerning the exams is also observant as she told the center managers to ensure the schools gates are maintained opened to avoid the external officers been delayed outsides, according to my idea this may cause fears as outsides may disrupts the progress of the exams.

Technology to Improve Education in Emergencies-BHER Project

The Borderless Higher Education for Refugees (BHER) Project is an international collaboration between Canadian/Kenyan universities and NGOs working together to make educational programs available where refugees need them. The refugee encampments of Dadaab, Kenya remain one of the largest and long-standing camps in the world today, hosting three generations of refugees from Eastern and Central Africa. Only one per cent of refugees have access to higher education and attending university or accessing other tertiary degree has been almost impossible. Young women face additional barriers to pursuing an education.
To redress this situation, BHER aims to provide gender equitable tertiary programs to working, untrained teachers who can then contribute back to the community, increasing and improving education in the camps overall . These same students continue beyond their teacher training certificates and diplomas, applying their “portable” earned credit towards full undergraduate and graduate degree programs. In doing so, BHER students can increase their opportunities for employment in the camps, local areas and upon resettlement or repatriation to their home country, where fruits of the project’s aims were realized and ongoing.

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