NO Late Registration, KNEC sets Deadline For KCPE and KCSE Registration

The Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) portal is opened for registration of KCPE and KCSE candidates who are scheduled to sit their exams between March 7th-10th and March 11th – 1st April 2022, respectively.


This exercise will run between 2nd June-31st July 2021 and its deadline is 15th June 2021. According to KNEC, there will be no late registration of candidates for the 2021 KCPE and KCSE examinations.

“Ensure you accurately record candidate’s order of names as provided in birth certificates, year of birth, gender, subjects entered and other special needs,” Says KNEC CEO Dr Mercy Karogo a circular addressed to all Subcounty Directors of education.


As per the circular number KNEC/EA/EM/KCPE/KCSE/NEW CENTRES/2021/004, the heads of institutions will ensure that candidates are registered where they have been learning in class 7 and Form3 in primary and secondary schools, respectively.

“All school heads should register candidates where they have been learning in class 7 for primary schools and Form 3 for secondary schools,” says Mercy Karogo adding that registration of candidates in two examination centres is exam malpractice.

Grade 4 pupils who are the pioneers of the Competency-Based Curriculum and who had completed their assignments in March will be in Grade 6 by November 2022. According to the circular, they will sit their first primary school exit assessment under the system before transiting to Grade 7 (junior secondary) in January 2023. Their scores will be used for placement in secondary schools.

“Formative assessment at Grade 4,5 and 6 will be weighted at 20 per cent each and a summative assessment at Grade 6 contributing the other 40 per cent,” say Karogo.

Each year the government, through the Ministry of Education, pays fees for all the KCSE and KCPE candidates except for repeaters and foreign students.


For a single subject registered, the government pays Sh 3,100 for every candidate, to a maximum of Sh6,300 for 9 subjects for each candidate.

Students who take extra projects based subjects pay an extra fee of between 200 to 2500 depending on the subject. For instance, a student with a project in Aviation technology will pay an additional amount of Sh2500 while that taking a project in Building construction pays Sh200 extra.

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