Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang announced that 2023 has seen the highest number of candidates ever recorded for the Kenya National Examination Council Exams (KNEC) exams.
Speaking during a meeting on Wednesday with Field Education Officers and officials of the National Government Administration Officers (NGAO) to discuss the upcoming KCPE and KCSE examinations, Kipsang stated that over 3.5 million candidates are set to take the national examinations,
The Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) candidates constitute the largest number ever recorded in the country.
The number encompasses candidates eligible for the KCPE, Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE), and Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA).
“ Just under a million will sit for KCSE this year, 1.4 million for KCPE, and 1.2 million for KPSEA,” Kipsang stated.
He highlighted that the Ministry of Education observed an additional 300,000 learners when analyzing the KCPE data. Some of these learners are adults who registered as private candidates.
The rehearsal for KCPE and KPSEA candidates is scheduled for October 27, 2023. The actual tests for both levels are set to commence on October 30 and conclude on November 1, 2023.
KNEC announced that the KCSE exams will commence on October 23, 2023, and conclude on November 24, 2023. Rehearsals for KCSE will take place on October 19, 2023.
PS Kipsang emphasized that the government is well-prepared to ensure that the national exams proceed without disruption despite the potential impact of the El Nino rains.
“All areas that may be affected by flooding are being mapped. We are mobilizing all government equipment, including our helicopters from the military, Kenya Police Service, Kenya Forest Service, and Kenya Wildlife Service. We are taking measures to ensure that the rains do not disrupt the exams,” He stated.
Kipsang assured that the government will take all necessary measures to ensure the safety and security of candidates from areas affected by banditry and terror attacks as they sit for their exams.