In Summary

  • KNEC has taken measures to ensure a well-organized examination process
  • This year’s KCPE has the highest number of candidates ever recorded
  • The 2023 KCPE examinations will mark the end of the 8-4-4 system in primary schools.

At least 900,000 candidates will from today sit for their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examinations (KCSE) .

The Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) says KCSE 903,260 candidates are registered for the examinations.

File image of candidates during a past KCSE exam. PHOTO | COURTESY

Exams for KCPE, KPSEA and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education Level Education Assessment (KILEA) are scheduled to commence on October 30, 2023.

The assessments will be conducted across a vast network of 10,651 examination centers across the country.

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KNEC Preparedness

KNEC has assembled a team of more than 1,700 officers from a range of organizations to oversee the smooth execution of the examinations.

The team comprises representatives from institutions like the Education Ministry, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC), and the Kenya National Commission for UNESCO (KNATCOM), among others.

Additionally, the Kenya Institute of Special Education (KISE), Kenya Institute for the Blind (KIB), and organizations such as the Kenya Private Schools Association (KPSA) will also play a role in this process.

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Motivation of Candidates

Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang emphasised the importance of professionalism among the monitoring officers overseeing the examinations.

“We play a bigger role than just delivering the examinations; we must also motivate the candidates that this is a process that we all went through and they can also do it successfully.” Kipsang noted.

This year’s national examinations mark a significant transition, signaling the conclusion of the 8-4-4 education system as Kenya embarks on a new chapter under the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC).

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End of 8-4-4 System

The 2023 KCPE examinations will mark the end of the 8-4-4 system in primary schools.

Over 3.5 million candidates will sit national examinations with KCPE candidates covering the most soaring number ever recorded in the country.

Just under a million will sit KCSE exams this year while 1.4 million will sit KCPE exams. Those registered to sit the inaugural KPSEA are 1.2 million.

 

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