Candidates who schooled under the 8-4-4 system will have 4 years to clear any pending examination matters, KNEC Chairperson, Prof. Julius Nyabundi announced on Monday.
Speaking during the announcement of the 2023 results, Prof. Nyabundi noted that the 8-4-4 system had four cycles left and therefore, students had only four years left to clear any issues related to KCSE exams.
“There are four cycles left for the administration of the KCSE examinations in the 8-4-4 education system. Candidates with pending examination matters are advised to clear them,” Prof. Nyabundi remarked in a statement.
The Chairman further noted that anyone who wanted to redo the KCSE exams had a four-year period to do so.
Education CS Ezekiel Machogu releases KCSE 2023 at Moi Girls High School in Eldoret.
Additionally, students who did not sit for exams will be allowed to take supplementary tests.
“The Council will allow anyone who would wish to have a second attempt, full or partial exams, to do so within these four years”, the chairman emphasised.
Based on data released by the Ministry of Education, 3000 students who were registered for the exams failed to take the papers, a matter which led the President to order a probe into the matter.
Speaking on the same, CS Machogu noted that some schools participated in exam malpractices by inflating their numbers to reach the required number of 30 students to register for the exams.
“I, therefore, direct the relevant directorate of quality assurance to work with KNEC to investigate the 3,685 candidates who failed to sit for the exams with the view to unearthing their true identity and whereabouts,” the CS emphasised.
In the 2023 KCSE exams, the CS announced that over 4,000 students were involved in exam malpractices. The CS noted that the exams were marred by malpractices even as the government heightened the measures against pre-exposure to the papers.
A total of 903,260 students sat last year’s KCSE exams, an increase from 881,416 candidates who took the exams in 2022.
KNEC emphasised that the four-year period given to the students was designed to reduce congestion and confusion in future years among students in the CBC program.
A collage of an example of a KCSE certificate (left) and the entrance to KNEC offices on May 17, 2018.