Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha has extended the 2021 KCPE/KCSE registration exercise to August 14, 2021. The Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) has warned that Late registration shall not be allowed.
KNEC has been accused of neglecting to respond to the crisis in its online portal with teachers experiencing hiccups in uploading the assessment scores.
The examiner has however promised to ensure that the system remains open by extending the deadline. KNEC says no school will be locked out in uploading results.
Knec also made it clear that the enrolment portal will remain open for schools to upload or amend their learners’ biodata throughout the assessment period for each level except for Standard 8.
Magoha said headteachers and principals should ensure that all bona fide candidates are registered for the examination within the final two weeks.
“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,” he said.
Education CS Prof Magoha extends the 2021 KCPE/KCSE registration exercise to August 14, 2021.
Heads of institutions reminded to register all candidates. Late registration shall not be allowed.
Verification of candidates details will take place between August 16th and 27th.
— KNEC (@ExamsCouncil) August 2, 2021
HERE IS THE FULL STATEMENT:
REPUBLIC OF KENYA
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION
MONDAY, AUGUST 2, 2021
REGISTRATION OF CANDIDATES FOR THE 2021 KCPE AND KCSE NATIONAL EXAMINATIONS
Preparations for the 2021 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations commenced with the registration of candidates starting from June 2., 2021.
The registration exercise was scheduled to close on July 31., 2021.
By July 31., 2021, a total of 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.
In 2020, 1,191,616 and 752,602 candidates were registered for the KCPE and KCSE respectively. This represents an increase of 2.290/0 and 9.540/0 in candidature in the 2021 KCPE and KCSE respectively compared with 2020. The phenomenal increase in KCSE candidature is attributed to the success of the Government’s policy of 100% transition which started in 2018.
However, since the exercise closed on July 31″, 2021, a number of Head Teachers and Principals have requested the Kenya National Examinations Council to allow them more time to mop up all candidates that may not have been registered by the deadline owing to one reason or the other, including the school movements attributed to the effects of COVID-19.
The Government has, therefore, decided to extend the registration deadline by two weeks in order to give an opportunity to schools to ensure all candidates are registered, in the spirit of leaving no child behind in the education sector.
Therefore, the final registration deadline is August 14. 2021. The Head Teachers and Principals are reminded to ensure that all bona fide candidates are registered for the examination within this final two weeks.
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 shall not be allowed.
The registration deadline will be followed with a verification of candidates’ registration details as captured in the 2021 KCPE and KCSE nominal rolls between August 16. and 27., 2021.
Head Teachers and Principals are informed that the duly signed nominal rolls, and medical reports for candidates with special needs must be submitted to Sub County Directors of Education together with the other registration documents.
HOSTING OF SCHOOLS WITH LESS THAN 30 CANDIDATES
All primary and secondary schools (public and private), with less than thirty (30) candidates will be hosted in schools within their proximity and locality that have more than thirty (30) candidates as per the KNEC circular KNEC/GEN/EA/ EM/KCPE/KCSE/HOSTING /2021/02 of 28. June 2021.
All Special Needs Schools will retain their examination centres irrespective of the number of registered candidates.
For all examination centres with a candidature of less than 30, and which may have legitimate hosting challenges, Sub County Directors of Education will seek guidance from the Kenya National Examinations Council on the way forward.
The Sub County Directors of Education have been informed to submit the records of hosted schools to the Kenya National Examinations Council by September 10. 2021.
All stakeholders are reminded that, to ensure equity, the Goverment pays examination fees for all primary and secondary school learners in both public and private schools. School are only required to register candidates for the examinations. Consequently, schools should not force learners to repeat.
The Government is committed to sustain its efforts to ensure high levels of credibility and integrity in the administration of national examinations.
PROF. GEORGE A.O. MAGOHA,
EGH CABINET SECRETARY,
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION
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