Kasneb, a major examination body in Kenya, has been conducting two examinations every year; in May and November. However, Covid-19 has changed the game as schools were closed so as to reduce infections in March 2020 which has affected kasneb operations in a great extend. Kasneb uses colleges and universities facilities to conduct exams which means nowhere to hold exams. In May, when exams were scheduled, country had partial lock-down so exams were rain checked to July 2020. A month to July, things seemed haywire and another postponement to September was called. Early August, kasneb agreed to have exams pushed again to November or early December. We believe there will be no more postponement
Normally, Kasneb introduces major syllabus changes every five years and minor reviews every two and half years to mean was supposed to release major reviews mid July 2020 but with current predicament, other emerging issues had to be incorporated before being released to the public. Given the latest threats to businesses, Kasneb professional courses will be reviewed to include among others organisational risk management, contingency planning and enhanced digital skills. Other emerging issues among students is convenience and flexibility which have necessitated need to add more examination sittings in a year and administration of online exams. “Plans are underway to offer examinations at least three times a year before making them four, that is every quarter, annually,” said Dr Letting. “We are currently putting in place modalities to introduce online examinations which will see candidates book for examinations as and when they are ready to sit for them any time during the year.”
With government’s introduction of Competency Based Curriculum (CBC), Kasneb is on board and is rooting for students get practical knowledge that they can use for self employment other than acquisition of knowledge only. Kasneb has partnered with Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) and Higher education Loans Board (HELB) to come up with Kasneb Foundation which will help in realization of Vision 2030. Remember, kasneb falls under the ministry of treasury and is the reason kasneb fees were revised upwards in 2015 so as to cater for relevant taxes.
In the upcoming days, those taking professional courses will have an opportunity to secure funding for their course of choice. How cool is that?
In order to reduce backlog, May and November exams will be conducted together and deadline for booking exams has been extended to 30th September 2030.
Renewal of kasneb registration falls due every 1st of July and kasneb has noted some dormant registration and on regular basis sends waiver so as to encourage students complete their course. Here, is latest one which is valid till 31st of August 2020
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Published on 25th of August 2020