The Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC ) has announced that arrangements are in place for the upcoming national examinations, which will be administered to a total of 2.3 million students sitting for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) assessments this year.
The KCPE examination will accommodate approximately 1,415,315 candidates, while 903,260 students are expected to take part in the KCSE exams.
KNEC CEO David Njengere has confirmed the readiness for the Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA), targeting 1,282,574 Grade Six learners.
According to Dr. Njengere, all candidate registrations have been finalized, examination papers have been prepared, and the assessments will be conducted as scheduled in accordance with the provided timetable.
These announcements were made during the inaugural session of the 39th Association for Educational Assessment in Africa Conference, hosted at Nairobi’s Safari Park Hotel on Monday, August 21.
The conference’s “Educational Assessment for Nurturing Every Learner’s Potential” theme reflects the country’s shift from the 8-4-4 curriculum to the Competency-Based Curriculum.
KCPE and KPSEA examinations are slated to take from October 30 to November 2. Ahead of the main assessment, KCPE candidates will undertake rehearsals on October 27. On October 30, they will tackle Mathematics, English Language, and English Composition assessments.
The following day will feature Science, Kiswahili Lugha, and Kiswahili Insha exams. The examination will conclude on November 1 with Social Studies and Religious Education subjects.
For KCSE candidates, the examination period will run from November 3 to November 24.
As the academic calendar resumes, schools are set to reopen on August 29, marking the shortest academic year term. This leaves the candidates with a mere two months to make their preparations.
During the event, Education PS Belio Kipsang challenged examiners to create a robust research center to spur institutions’ teaching, learning, and assessment.
“I want to challenge KNEC to exploit this opportunity of hosting the conference and interrogate the weakness of the educational assessment in Kenya and Africa. This will enable us to come up with the right solutions to our challenges in assessing our learners,” Kipsang said.