NAIROBI, Kenya May 2 – Seventy thousand more candidates had registered for this year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education exams by the April 7 deadline for enrolment, according to the examinations council.
The Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) said in a statement on Friday that 906,069 have enlisted to sit this year’s Standard 8 exams, compared to 835,000 who took the exams in 2013.
Some 487,851 Form 4 students have been registered for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examinations, a jump from the 442,000 KCSE candidates who sat the examinations last year.
The examination council’s CEO Paul Wasanga however said some candidates have not adhered to entry requirements, including selection of school choices for KCPE candidates.
The body has set May 15 as the deadline for head teachers, candidates, parents and all relevant stakeholders to verify and correct the registration details.
Kenyans can either send an SMS to 22252 or visit the KNEC website to confirm details of the candidates.
For KCSE candidates, the SMS should be send in the format; KCSE#indexnumber while for KCPE candidates, the SMS should be send in the format; KCPE#indexnumber
“Name of KCPE candidates: Must be as the name in the birth certificate adding new candidates is allowed at this stage and school choices for KCPE.”
“KCSE candidates must ensure they abide by the subject combination as per the KCSE regulations. Change of subject later will not be allowed and candidates/schools/guardians must check to ensure correct photo is provided,” read the KNEC statement in part.
KNEC has cautioned head teachers to ensure that their candidates submit the registration details in full online.
Head teachers, District Education Officers and County Directors of Education (CDE) have also been urged to ensure that examination requirements for all candidates registered under Special Needs Category are indicated on the online registration details; for instance, Braille for blind candidates, large print for low vision and Kenyans Sign Language Adapted English for the hearing impaired.
“Failure to make amendments at this time will mean that the details may remain so until the release of examination,” Wasanga emphasised in the statement.