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New reopening dates, 2020-2021 KASNEB and KNEC exams time table for TVET students

Education Cabinet secretary George Magoha. He says Kenyans must be ready to change their behaviour if schools are to be reopened in order to keep the covid-19 disease at bay.
Education Cabinet secretary George Magoha. The Ministry has released new opening dates for TVETs and rescheduled time tables for 2020/2021 KASNEB and KNEC examinations.

 The ministry of education has provided fresh guidelines on how Technical Vocational Education and Training Institutions (TIVET) will be reopened. In the latest communique, the ministry has at the same time given an update on the 2020 Kenya Accountants and Secretaries National Examinations Board (KASNEB) and the Kenya National Examinations Council, knec, examinations will be done.

Following the declaration of COVID-19 as a global pandemic and the Presidential directive by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Kenya, learning was suspended with effect from 20th March, 2020 in all TVET institutions as one of the measures to control the spread of the corona virus.

To facilitate reopening of all TVET institutions, the State Department for Vocational and Technical Training has developed a framework to guide the process. The framework proposes that TVET institutions be reopened in a phased manner with effect from 2nd September, 2020.

Based on the guiding principles, reopening of all TVET institutions will be informed by modelling projections by the Ministry of Health, MoH, on when the peak of infections is anticipated.  MoH projects that the peak of infections will be in August/September, and fewer cases will be reported after September 2020.

MoH advice that institutions should only reopen when the daily confirmed percentage of positive COVID-19 cases have been consistently declining for at least 14 days.


In order to meet the minimum requirements for reopening of TVET institutions, the Vocational Training Team (VTT) will require two months from 1St July, 2020 to institute a safe training environment that meets all the protocols that will prevent transmission of the COVID-19.


TVET institutions will be required to provide the minimum requirements for prevention of COVID-19 transmissions which include:

  1. clean running water and soap for hand washing;
  2. sanitisers;
  3. adequate space for social distancing;
  4. masks for learners, trainers and non-teaching staff. The government will facilitate TVET institutions to produce masks which will be purchased by trainees and staff at subsidized rates
  5. thermal guns for monitoring body temperature.

All Public TVET institutions have been directed to manufacture own masks and sale them to trainees at subsidized rates; whose cost is met by parents and guardians. Private TVET institutions’ parents and guardians will incur full expenses of procuring masks for trainees.

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Social Distancing Protocol

All institutions will be required to institute social distancing measures. The social distancing protocol of maintaining a distance of at least 1 metre between trainees implies that classes will be resized to ensure adherence. This will be achieved by:

  1. Shift arrangement of classes,
  2. Staggered tuition arrangement so that each academic year uses facilities on specific days,
  3. Use blended learning approaches i.e. face to face and remote learning and
  4. VTT has categorized TVET institutions into three categories for ease of approval of reopening institutional plan:
  • New TVCs: 143 Institutions’ that are new and are being operationalised hence are not yet congested. This category will admit new trainees in September 2020.
  • Moderate Enrolled TVCs: 23 institutions that have enrollment of below 3000 trainees that require moderate measures. This category will admit new trainees in September 2020
  • Highly Enrolled TVCs and National Polytechnics: 22 institutions that have enrollment of above 3000 trainees and thus require detailed measures. This category will require VTT approval of the institutional academic plan and VTT assessment of the same.

Laboratories, dining halls, dormitories for boarding institutions and other shared facilities may also face the same constraints.  Consequently, the VTT has developed modalities that will facilitate reopening for all TVET institutions. This may require use of tents, dining halls and other facilities for training.

 New Term

When TVET institutions reopen, trainees will begin their Term 3 of the training calendar on 1st September 2020, since they had already covered the curriculum of Term 2 at the time of closure on 15th March, 2020.

Rescheduling of Examinations

TVET exams have been rescheduled to accommodate those that were postponed.

The September 2020 reopening of TVET institutions will be preceded by a two-week exam session for KNEC March 2020 series that was suspended; to run from 17th to 28thAugust 2020.

The July 2020 KNEC candidates will sit for Examinations in December 2020 after covering the syllabus for the normal 12 weeks. Other examining bodies will fit their examination schedule within the indicated time-frame.

The KNEC exam calendar for next year will be revised so that exams are offered in July 2021 and November 2021.

KASNEB May 2020 series have been rescheduled to December 2020.

KASNEB May 2020 series will now be done on September 21, 2020; immediately after TVET Exams and the KASNEB November 2020 series have been pushed to January 2021. The May 2021 series will move to June/July 2021 and the November 2021 remains as scheduled

TVET institutions offering international curricula will reopen according to the institution calendar of the curriculum they are implementing.  However, they will be required to obtain approval from the Principal Secretary (PS) in charge of VTT prior to reopening.

Trainers Sensitization on COVID-19

Trainers will be re-tooled on new approaches in pedagogy and management of trainees amidst COVID-19 pandemic.

Recruitment of 4000 Intern Trainers

The VTT and the Public Service Commission, PSC, will need to recruit an additional 4,000 intern trainers for effective curriculum implementation given the COVID-19 protocols and procedures put in place.


Latest KNEC circular on handling of KCSE 2020 project based subjects

KNEC Boss Dr. Mercy Karogo. The Council has suspended ECDE and SNE examinations that were to be done in April, 2020.
KNEC Boss Dr. Mercy Karogo.

The Kenya National Examinations Council, knec, has given fresh guidelines on how the 2020 KCSE project based subjects are to be handled. This a follow up to an earlier circular from the council to schools immediately after closure due to the covid 19 outbreak in the country. Via a circular dated March 27, the council had promised to give further guidelines on the handling of Mile stones 1 and 2 for group IV subjects; when schools reopen.

Group IV subjects which have a project component are: Art and Design (442/3), Agriculture (443/3), Wood Work (444/2), Metal Work (445/2), Building Construction (446/2) and Computer Studies (451/3).

But, with schools still closed and some of the projects having reached the final phase (harvesting/ final stage for agriculture projects), the council has now directed schools to capture and upload the data.

“Take photographic evidence of the candidates’ projects (in .gif or .jpeg formats; these two are photograph formats obtained by using a digital Camera) for their (2020 KCSE students taking Agriculture) records and dispose of the project by July 15, 2020.” reads a circular by knec boss Dr Mercy Karogo that is dated June 22, 2020.

“Upload the pictorial evidence together with the scores awarded onto the portal (knec portal) when new guidelines are issued after the schools reopen,” she adds.

The has at the same time promised to issue guidelines for other subjects. Schools are set for reopening in September; with candidate classes expected to be given first priority.

The latest knec circular on handling of group iv subjects with a project component.
The latest knec circular on handling of group iv subjects with a project component.

Ensure you have collected the required data before logging into the system; Candidates’ scores and pictorial evidence.

To upload scores for each candidate and pictorial evidence for all the learners:

  • Access the KNEC portal at http://knec-portal.ac.ke
  • On the home page, click on ‘PROJECTS’
  • Log onto the system by providing the User Name and Password (as used during the registration process)
  • Select the subject for which you want to upload data and then click on ‘GET FILE’. This will display a list of all students registered for that particular subject.
  • Enter the score for each candidate alongside their names in the column labelled ‘MARKS’. Click on ‘POST’ once through.
  • Next, you will be expected to provide a photo of the project. Ensure a photograph of the students has been shot and stored in your local location (Phone or Computer memory). Observe the guidelines accompanying the shooting of the photographs like the format to be used.
  • Now, click on ‘CHOOSE FILE’. Locate your photograph as stored on your storage and click on it; so as to be loaded onto the portal.
  • Finally, Click on ‘SAVE AND PREVIEW’.
    Note that if any student is missing on the online generated printout, then list such a student (s) manually on the printout with a red pen. The printout is generated by using the ‘REPORT’ tab once the scores have been entered.

It is important to note that you would not be able to enter/ edit milestone one marks once the period elapses.

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