Education Cabinet Secretary, Ezekiel Machogu, has announced that there will be a special edition of the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exams in January 2024.
During the announcement of the 2023 KCPE results at Mtihani House, the CS clarified that this special examination is intended for students who were unable to participate in the national examinations.
This decision arose due to the culmination of this year’s KCPE exam, marking the conclusion of the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) administering the test, as the country transitions entirely to the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC).
Machogu emphasized that the special examination serves the dual purpose of accommodating students who missed the regular exam and aligning with the government’s commitment to achieving a 100% transition rate.
CS Machogu noted that the Ministry would soon provide specific dates for the 2024 special exams.
“To ensure that no candidate misses out on joining Form One from the final 2023 KCPE examination cohort, the Ministry of Education will conduct thorough mapping of any of those who may have failed to sit their examination this year in order to administer a Special Exam in January 2024,”
In the 2023 examinations, a total of 8,523 candidates achieved more than 400 marks, with the highest-scoring student obtaining an impressive 428 marks.
A total of 352,782 candidates secured scores falling within the range of 300 to 399 marks.
A total of 658,278 students attained marks ranging from 200 to 299, while 383,025 candidates fell within the bracket of 100 to 199 marks while some 2,060 candidates scored less than 100 marks in the examinations.