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Headteachers Race Against Time to Enforce KCSE Directive

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Headteachers are rushing to register KCPE/KCSE candidates ahead of the deadline slated for July 31. 

Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) reminded the school heads that they have to adhere to the deadline and register the students in the agency’s portal.

KNEC instructed the principals to ensure that they capture the correct details of the candidates who will sit national exams in March 2022.

“All heads of institutions should ensure accuracy in candidate’s name order as per the birth certificate, gender, year of birth, subjects entered and information on different categories of candidates with special needs like braille, low vision, deaf,” KNEC directed. 

It further cautioned the school heads that it would not condone late registration of students as institutions were given ample time prior to the deadline. 

On July 3, the council made changes to KCPE/KCSE requirements and allowed schools to register up to 30 students, 10 less than the 40 students KNEC had directed before. 

KNEC CEO Mercy Karogo had directed that in case of a deficit – the affected institutions should register the students in neighbouring schools.

Both private and public schools opposed the order and urged the council to lessen its stance.  

“It has come to our attention and notice that KNEC has issued a circular as guided by the Ministry of Education directing that both private and public schools with less than 40 candidates will be hosted by an examination centre with more than 40 candidates during the 2021 KCPE and KCSE examinations scheduled for March/April 2021,” Kenya Private Schools Association (KPSA) stated in their protest. 

The association warned that 3,800 schools would be locked out by the directive. 

“Following consultation with KPSA under the guidance of the Ministry of Education, there shall be no registration of new examination centers with less than 30 candidates for both public and private schools,” Karogo announced the changes in a letter addressed to stakeholders. 

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