Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu has issued a directive, instructing ministry officials and all schools to permit all candidates, including unregistered, to take the Kenya Certificate of Primary School (KCPE) exams.
This year’s KCPE marks the conclusion of the 8-4-4 educational system as the ministry transitions to a new system. The current class represents the final group to participate in KCPE examinations.
“Since this is the last KCPE, learners shall not be disadvantaged by exclusion from the examination, on account of non-registration,” stated Machogu.
It has been common for some students not to be registered, with certain schools failing to meet registration deadlines even after submitting exam fees and fulfilling the necessary requirements.
In response, Machogu instructed his ministry to take action against officials and teachers who prevented the registration of students, knowing that this would be the final KCPE.
“This is a serious offence that unjustly disenfranchises learners. Appropriate action will therefore be taken against those responsible in accordance with the law,” He stated
KCPE exams are scheduled to commence on Monday and conclude on Wednesday.
This year’s exams represent a historic milestone, as they mark the end of a tradition that started in 1985, coinciding with Kenya’s shift in its education system.
The new competency-based curriculum, commonly known as CBC, places less emphasis on exams and introduces career pathways at an early stage in a student’s educational journey.