The Ministry of Education has extended the registration of the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) national exams candidates by two weeks.
It had been scheduled to close on 31st July, but will now continue until 14th August.
In a statement issued on Monday, 2nd August, Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha said the extension would allow schools to ensure that all the candidates are registered.
“This is to give an opportunity to the schools to ensure that all the candidates are registered so that no child is left behind,” said Prof Magoha.
“Any candidate who fails to register for the 2021 examination to be sat in March 2022 will only be allowed to sit the examination in December 2022. Late registration will not be allowed.”
The CS said the deadline would be followed by verification of candidates’ registration as captured in the 2021 KCPE and KCSE nominal rolls.
He reminded headteachers and principals that duly signed nominal rolls and medical reports for candidates with special needs must be submitted to Sub-County Directors of Education together with other registration documents.
Hosting of Schools with less than 30 candidates:
All primary and secondary schools (public and private) with less than 30 candidates will be hosted in schools within their proximity with more than 30 candidates.
Prof Magoha said that all special needs schools would retain their examination centres irrespective of the number of registered candidates.
The registration began on 2nd June 2021.
As of 31st July, 1, 218, 892 candidates in 28, 248 centres and 824, 392 candidates in 10, 384 centres had been registered for the KCPE and KCSE examinations, respectively.
According to the CS, the numbers represent an increase of 2.29 per cent and 9.54 per cent in KCPE and KCSE exams, respectively, compared with 2020. Last year, 1,191,616 and 752,602 candidates were registered for KCPE and KCSE exams, respectively.