Politicians and civil society groups from northern Kenya have said candidates from the region must sit for the exams at all cost.
The group said they will ensure that candidates in the region are prepared for the upcoming exams.
Arid Lands Development Focus Kenya CEO Ahmed Abdi urged the government to allocate training grant to cover the in-service costs of recruited untrained teachers to be conducted during school holidays.
He urged the government to reward the devoted teachers who stayed on through the crisis and did not abscond their duties.
“We stand here today to get resolution for the NEP education emergency if there is a listening government. Unless the region is being victimised and there is a plan to jeopardise the future of 400,000 children, we demand an in-service approach to training of teachers to fill positions and teaching vacancies currently abandoned,” the group said as they shouted 'Mandera, Wajir and Garissa is Kenya'.
The group demanded the re-introduction of P2 teachers and the lowering entry levels for primary schools teachers.
The group had earlier urged the government to compensate for the lost time by providing resources into a crash programme for the next three months including August holiday to prepare KCPE and KCSE students for exams.
"The way it stands now, unless there will be an immediate solution for the candidates from the region, our call to the education cabinet secretary to instruct Kenya National Examination Council to set special exams for April next year should be heard,” said Abdi.
He said affirmative action is needed to reduce the existing gaps and improve education outcomes.
Abdi called on the government to fast-track the enactment of emergency policies and allocation of resources for recruitment and training of local teachers until the teachers crisis is normalised.
"No learning has been going on in schools for the last seven months and there is still a gap of 2,126 teachers. This disproportionate ratio of teachers to pupils at an average of 1:100 should be addressed to salvage the situation,” he added.