Prayer Day for National ExamsNovember 10, 2011 by Holly
The school year in Kenya begins in January and concludes with final exams in November. Students in 8th grade are required to take a national exam, which will play a key role in determining the child’s future both academically and professionally.
The Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) is a 4 day exam that tests the students on all they have learned throughout the past 8 years. The children only get one chance to take this exam; no allowances are granted for sickness, tardiness or grievances. The result of the KCPE determines which boarding school the children will be assigned to for high school. Exam marks are usually released 3 or 4 days after the Christmas holiday. Children and parents anxiously wait to hear the scores and pray they are sufficient enough to get them into a good school. Most high schools are either public or provincial and generally offer a low quality education. So for the children to be accepted into a national school, very high marks will be needed. While the students know their exam results at the end of December, they will not know which high school they have assigned to until mid-January.
There are 775,820 national 8th grade students, referred to as candidates, this year. Less than half will get admission into high schools. The pressure is immense and the students fully understand that their future livelihoods are at stake. This year the Ilula Children’s Home has 13 candidates sitting for the KCPE. To prepare, support and encourage these students for exam week, a Prayer Day was held last Saturday at the Samro Primary School. Guardians, relatives, teachers and students came together to seek God’s help and divine intervention as the students take their exams. Please pray for our candidates, that they may have health, peace and confidence as they proceed through the next two months.
– by Laban Rono