The Government has extended the registration of KCPE, KCSE candidates by two weeks.

“This is to give an opportunity to schools to ensure all candidates are registered, in the spirit of leaving no child behind in the education sector,” Magoha said in a statement on Monday.

The final registration deadline is August 14, 2021. The registration exercise was scheduled to close on July 31, 2021. 

Magoha said headteachers and principals should ensure that all bona fide candidates are registered for the examination within the final two weeks.

“Any candidate who fails to register for the 2021 examination to be sat in March 2022 will only be allowed to sit the examination in December 2022,” he said.

But he noted that late registration shall not be allowed.

The registration deadline will be followed with verification of candidates’ registration details as captured in the 2021 KCPE and KCSE nominal rolls between August 16 and 27, 2021.

Magoha said duly signed nominal rolls, and medical reports for candidates with special needs must be submitted to sub county Directors of Education together with the other registration documents.

Preparations for the 2021 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examinations commenced with the registration of candidates starting from June 2, 2021.

By July 31, 2021, a total of 1,218,892 candidates in 28,248 centres and 824,392 candidates in 10,384 centres had been registered for the KCPE and KCSE examinations respectively.

In 2020, 1,191,616 and 752,602 candidates were registered for the KCPE and KCSE respectively.

This represents an increase of 2.29 per cent and 9.54 per cent in candidature in the 2021 KCPE and KCSE respectively compared with 2020.

The phenomenal increase in KCSE candidature is attributed to the success of the Government’s policy of 100 per cent transition which started in 2018.

However, since the exercise closed on July 31, 2021, a number of headteachers and principals have requested Knec to allow them more time to mop up all candidates that may not have been registered.

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