The 2023 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) has officially commenced today with candidates begin taking their practical exams.
This year’s national examination is scheduled to run until November 24th, concluding with Physics practicals.
The candidates will be completing their practical papers from today until Friday, October 27.
These practical exams encompass various subjects, including orals for French, German, Arabic, Kenya Sign Language, and music.
Home Science students, on the other hand, will conduct their practical exams between October 30 and 31.
Starting on November 1, candidates will engage in morning exams covering a range of subjects, such as French (Listening comprehension, dictation, and creative writing), Braille, German, Arabic, large print, Kenyan Sign Language (Receptive Skills), and Music.
A total of 903,260 candidates have registered for the KCSE in 2023.
This year, just under a million students are taking the KCSE exams, while 1.4 million are sitting for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exams.
The rehearsal date for KCPE and KPSEA (Kenya Primary Schools Examination) is set for Friday, October 27, with both exams commencing on Monday, October 30, and concluding on Wednesday, November 1.
The 2023 KCPE examinations mark the transition away from the 8-4-4 system in primary schools.
Following the announcement of the 2022 KCSE exam results earlier this year, there were widespread allegations of exam malpractice.
The National Assembly Education Committee initiated an investigation into these allegations on January 27, finding that the malpractices included collusion to share answers, the use of mobile phones in exam rooms, impersonation, smuggling of unauthorized written material, leakage, plagiarism, and other unethical practices.
The Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) is currently working to ensure that there will be no cases of malpractice in the 2023 national exams.
Schools were originally scheduled to conduct their KCSE rehearsals on Thursday last week, but some faced challenges due to the presence of other students in the examination centers forcing to postpone the exercise to this week.
According to the Ministry of Education’s school calendar, schools were expected to close this week for a 10 weeks long holiday.