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KCPE, Grade 4 exams to kick off on Monday, October 19 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Standard eight and grade four pupils who reopened schools yesterday will begin assessment tests next week.

The Kenya National Examination Council gave out a circular that will determine when learners would undertake the tests.

Afterwards, teachers will mark the exams at the school level.

According to KNEC, the exams will help test the pupils’ capabilities in various subjects.

“Starting Monday, October 19, grade four and class eight learners will begin assessment tests. Other learners will sit for exams when they open schools,” said Mercy Karogo, KNEC’s acting Chief Executive.

According to the circular released by KNEC, the exams will replace those missed before closing school in the first term.

Both private and public school headteachers received the circular dated October 8. In March this year, President Uhuru Kenyatta closed all schools to curb the spread of the covid-19 virus.

Following the Head of State’s announcement, learners have stayed home for six months, which affects quality learning.

Starting Monday, all grade four learners will sit for exams in Mathematics, English, Kiswahili, Environmental Studies, Hygiene, and Religious Activities.

The combined examinations will assess all strands beginning from Grade 1 to 3 for environmental activities and grade four’s term one science and technology.

Class eights, on the other hand, will be assessed from class one to seven work, and what they studied in the first term.

Already, a plan is in place on how the examinations will take off, including administering, printing, and assessment tools.

The assessment is part of the Global Partnership for Education worth Ksh 1.5 billion set aside ahead of school reopening.

The Kenya National Examination Council, Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD), and the Teachers Service Commission will all benefit from the grants supervised by the World Bank.

KNEC has told schools that the integrity and reliability of the examination will depend on the teachers and headteachers.

The examining body will come up with assessment tools to guide all school levels

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Rapper Khaligraph Jones, wife welcome second born baby

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Kenyan rapper Brian Omollo aka Khaligraph Jones and his wife Georgina Muteti have welcomed a new born baby into their family.

Reports indicate that the couple welcomed their second born baby two weeks ago, but kept the news a secret.

Taking to Instagram, Muteti mentioned that she gave birth to her second born through normal delivery, despite having an emergency Cesarean Section (CS) for her first born, baby Amali.

“I did it! I got my VBAC! 11/10/20 12:58AM, After having a caesarean birth *emergency* with my first child(Amali),I had a safe vaginal delivery with my second. Baby Lu

“That was only after changing hospitals twice,switching doctors last minute and believing in myself! Through prayer and screaming during labour I delivered my son. I’m a happy and tired mum of two now!” Read Muteti’s post.

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DP Ruto calls out NSAC over public gathering rules

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Deputy President William Ruto lashed out at the government for restricting public gatherings in the country.

Ruto was speaking on Sunday the 25th of October 2020 while at a church service in Our Lady of Assumption, Indangalasia Catholic Church, Kakamega.

The second in command blasted the National Security Advisory Committee (NSAC) further condemning the restriction on visiting churches.

“We will not accept the restriction of church services in the country; worship should not be restricted in any way. You cannot be restricted to worship, hold prayer meetings until someone issues a go-ahead,” Ruto said.

Further adding,

“That is not possible. I want to tell those who think our constitutional right to worship God in the manner that we please is going to be conditioned in permission from whoever.”

Not one to sway from what he believes, Ruto defiantly announced he would continue visiting churches.

According to him, he does not need to seek permission to attend church services.

Ruto further added that he attends church services because he believes in God.

He then condemned the government for limiting citizens’ right to worship.

The second in command went on to note that it is impossible to negotiate on religion matters.

“I want to remind government officials, the jubilee government was formed after prayers for I and Uhuru, we cannot be the same government announcing restrictions on worship

“I want to ask public officers, to keep off matters of worship because they are not negotiable, we cannot negotiate on matters to do with worship with anybody or any law,” Ruto said.

Ruto’s visit to the Our Lady of Assumption, Indangalasia Catholic Church was supposed to be on March.

However, he had to postpone it after the coronavirus pandemic hit the nation.

The police also recently refused to approve Ruto’s visit to the church.

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Chebukati weighs in on BBI report  

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The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati has given his two cents on the controversial BBI report.

Chebukati criticized ODM leader Raila Odinga and other stakeholders who came up with the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report, for portraying the election body as single handedly being the issue in every divisive election cycle.

He further lashed out at the BBI team for using the IEBC as a scapegoat through a statement on Friday the 23rd of October 2020.

He also condemned the changes the BBI report is proposing on the IEBC.

“IEBC notes that it has been singled out as the only independent commission and indeed entity whose establishment is sought to be removed by way of the proposed changes in the bbi report under divisive elections thematic area,” he said.

According to Chebukati, the BBI is counteracting some of Kenya’s gains in the election process.

“Additionally, the report claws back on the gains made over the years on electoral management in kenya. This targeted onslaught against the commission is not new as it has been occurring after every general election since 1992.

The sustained campaigns weaken and interfere with the independence of the commission which is guaranteed under article 88 as read together with article 248 and 249 of the constitution of Kenya 2010,” he added.

Raila has repeatedly called for changes on IEBC starting with commissioners.

According to him, this will increase people’s faith in the independent Commission.

The ODM leader also proposes that IEBC officials should only be in the office for only a three-year term.

They can, however, renew it only once if their tenure was transparent and effective.

The BBI also proposes to do away with the IEBC vice chairperson post who acts when the chairman is absent.

The report also proposes the change of titles to fewer titles such as Head of Department instead of the Director.

Returning officers should also only serve for one general election according to the BBI.

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