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Government Shuts Down Exams Centres

The Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) has announced the shutdown of 162 examination centres that had less than 40 students.

This comes after KNEC made amendments to policies for the 2021 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations.

KNEC directives stated all centres that wished to host KCPE and KCSE examinations must have a minimum of 40 candidates, contrary to which they would not be registered. 

According to statistics, 112,000 more students registered for their KCSE examinations as compared to 2020.

The preparation for this year's national examinations has been top-notch, with the council training teachers to mark the examinations.

In a statement, KNEC Chief Executive Officer, David Njeng'ere, expressed the rise in KCSE candidates proved that more students were completing secondary education.

"Sure, it will cost more to administer the exams. Clearly, the 100 per cent transition policy is bearing fruit, so we can't complain but celebrate that more children are able to complete secondary education," he remarked.

The number of candidates registered increased to 2,056,719 from the previous 1,938,667 candidates registered in 2020. 

Approximately 831,026 secondary students registered for their KCSE examinations. With a total of 407,606 female students and 423,420 male students while the number of KCPE students registered is 1,225,693, with 609,294 female students and 616,399 male students.

The candidates are set to commence their exams on Monday, February 28 and end Friday, April 1.

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