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KCSE, KCPE tests ready- CS Magoha

Preparation for this year’s class 8 and form 4 exams are well on course. Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha says exam materials for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) and Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) tests are ready and shall be done as scheduled.

“I want to assure you the examinations are ready and in less than four weeks we shall start,” Magoha said; while addressing Journalists Kiambu on Wednesday.

A total of 1,088,986 will sit for the KCPE tests while the KCSE exams will be taken by 699,745 candidates.

Packed KCSE exam papers. Photo/File
Packed KCSE exam papers. Photo/File

He added that the examination has taken into consideration the fact that the school calendar was affected by the long closures occassioned by the Covid19 pandemic outbreak.

“The Kenya National Examination Council (Knec) is ready and should there be any cases that need to be addressed, the government is there,” said Magoha.

The revised KCPE and KCSE timetable from Knec will see the KCPE candidates sit the papers starting March 22, just two days after the end of their third term. The three-day exams will end on March 24, one day before the start of the KCSE exams that will last three weeks and three days.

The KCSE candidates sit for their first theory paper on Friday March 26, 2021. The last examination day will be on Wednesday April 21, 2021. See further details here; 2020-2021 KCSE Timetable download (knec revised/final copy)


The Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) is in the final phase of contracting close to 286,000 professionals to administer the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams.

“An estimated 286,000 field officers will be engaged on agency basis to facilitate in the conduct of exams in the field. The field officers contracted for administration of exams will be expected to register online using the contracted professional CP2 system by February 25,” says the Council through a five-page document detailing the preparations that have been put in place to ensure the exams run smoothly.

Deployments for the contracted professionals are being done by the Ministry of Education Sub County Directors of Education and Teachers Service Commission (TSC) Sub County Directors in every sub-county. Nominated professionals shall then be notified via SMS and/or email as soon as the exercise is complete.

Read further details here; Knec contracted professionals 2021; About 286,000 professionals expected to apply online by February 26


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