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May 2, 2024

KHRC, Elimu Bora File Suit To Stop National Exams Until 2023 KCPE, KCSE Results Are Audited

The Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) and Elimu Bora Working Group (EBWG) have filed a petition to stop national examinations until the 2023 KCPE and KCSE results are forensically audited.

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Apr 8, 2024

Activists Sue to Stop KCSE & Other National Exams From Taking Place

The Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) and Elimu Bora Working Group (EBWG) have filed a court case seeking to block the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) from conducting national examinations.

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Mar 26, 2024

No deadline extension for KPSEA, KCSE registration

The Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) has announced that there will be no extension deadline for the registration of students sitting this year's national examinations.

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Dec 19, 2023

Guard the integrity of Kenya's national exams

In mid-October, a parliamentary probe revealed that cheating and attempts to gain undue advantage and score great results had resulted in parents and school administrators devising every method to beat the system.

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Jul 31, 2023

Shock of 5,000 uncollected KCPE, KCSE certificates

Some 5, 662 examination certificates are yet to be collected from Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) offices for the last 20 years.

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Jul 24, 2023

KNEC to explain why teachers who marked 2022 national exams have not been paid

The Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) has come under scrutiny after teachers who supervised, invigilated and marked the 2022 National exams were not paid despite completing their work over four months ago.

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Jul 21, 2023

KNEC, TSC to blame for exam cheating, committee told

National Assembly’s Departmental Committee on Education has kicked off public hearings on the alleged malpractices in the 2022 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams.

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Jul 19, 2023

Ministry of Education to scrap KNEC exams in TVET reforms

The government plans to abolish Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) examination in polytechnic and TVET institutions in the country.

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Jul 18, 2023

Govt Issues Directive on KUCCPS Placement of KCSE 2022 Students

The government allayed fears that the 2022 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) candidates will stay home for more months after the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) delayed posting them to universities.

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Jul 14, 2023

Blow to 2022 KCSE Students as Govt Mulls Ending Funding for Private Universities

The government is set to end the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) program of placing government-sponsored students at private universities.

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Jun 1, 2023

Kenya Ministry adjusts 2023 national exams timetable

The Ministry of Education has adjusted the 2023 school calendar, making changes to the duration of the national exams. According to PS Belio Kipsang, students will break for half term from March 16 to March 19. Students writing KCSE will also sit the exams from November 3 to November 24.

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Jul 7, 2022

Kenya Gov’t Intensifies Security In Laikipia Ahead Of National Exams

The government has intensified security measures in Laikipia County to enhance the seamless operation of the 2021 national examination that kicked off yesterday countrywide.

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Jun 8, 2022

Kenya Government Announces 2022 KCPE, KCSE Registration Dates

The Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), David Njeng’ere, announced that during the registration exercise, parents are expected to ensure their children register for the exams in order to avoid being locked out.

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Apr 5, 2022

Kenya KCSE, KCPE Candidates in Areas Hit by Insecurity to Get Special Consideration During Marking

Education CS George Magoha has assured candidates studying in insecurity prone areas that KNEC would consider their plight when marking the national exams.

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Mar 30, 2022

Kenya Education Cabinet urges private primary, secondary schools to invest in CBC classes

As the government continues to implement construction of Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) classrooms in public secondary schools across the country, Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has urged private secondary school owners to start investing in new classrooms to also accommodate Junior Secondary School students.

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Mar 25, 2022

Kenya KCPE, KCSE exams to start smoothly despite strike threats by teachers

Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha, has assured that the national exams set to start in about a week to come, will go on smoothly despite a strike threat by teachers over a salary dispute.

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Feb 11, 2022

The New Kenya KCSE Timetable

The Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) has released an updated Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) timetable with the official commencement of the much-anticipated exam being in February 2022.

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Oct 19, 2021

Kenya National exams to be held in March, December 2022

Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha that the accelerated school calendar will result in five examinations next year. The national examinations will be held in March and December 2022 in order to return to the normal school calendar. First Term of the 2021 academic year on July 26, 2021.

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Sep 20, 2021

KCPE and KCSE registration extended

The Ministry of Education has extended the registration of the 2021 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations for two weeks.

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Jul 1, 2021

Magoha Speaks on Leaked Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education Maths Test

Education CS has termed the KCSE Maths paper allegedly leaked by a school principal through her Whatsapp as fake.

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Kenya is located in equatorial east Africa abutting the Indian Ocean on its southeast coast, Tanzania on the south, Lake Victoria, Uganda and Sudan on the west, Ethiopia on the north and Somalia on the east. The country consists of 582,650 sq km (roughly twice the size of Nevada). The population is estimated at 34 million of whom more than 40% are under the age of 15. The largest cities are Nairobi, Meru and Mombasa.

Kenya Is named for a mountain now known as Mt. Kenya, but known to the indigenous Kikuyu people as Kirinyaga or Kerenyaga, “white mountain,” so called because of its snowcap. Mt. Kirinyaga was the main feature of the colony the British called Kenya because they were unable to pronounce the Kikuyu name.

Kenya was the home of the earliest species of modern man, homo habilus, during the Pleistocene era 1.5 to 2 million years ago. In more recent times, Kenya has been under the colonial occupation of Portugal, Germany and Great Britain, obtaining its independence in 1963. The current government is a constitutional republic.


Primary and Secondary Education

Modern Kenyan education has its roots in the British system, maintaining many British features to the present day. Since 1985, however, an “American style” 8-4-4 system has become standard in Kenya, replacing the old 7-4-2-3 system. Education is compulsory through the eighth grade, but it is not universal. The primary language of instruction at all levels is English; although great emphasis is placed on the learning of Kiswahili, the other official language of Kenya and numerous other languages regarded as mother tongues.

Post-Secondary Education

University admission is open to students who complete secondary school and receive acceptable marks on the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations. There are public universities, several private and religiously affiliated colleges and universities, as well as numerous polytechnics, health training centers and teachers colleges. The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has responsibility for all public education activities. University higher education is in the purview of the Commission for University Education.



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