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KNEC Exams To Be Published In Kenya Once CBC Takes Route – Magoha

KNEC Exams To Be Published In Kenya Once CBC Takes Route – Magoha.

Education Cabinet Secretary (CS) George Magoha made a major announcement on Sunday, February 6, regarding the printing of Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCPE) exam papers.

Magoha, speaking to the press at Allidina Visram High School in Mombasa, responded to questions about Kenya printing the KCPE and KCSE exams locally.

The Education Secretary stated that the ministry intends to begin publishing exams in the country, but that this will only be possible once the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) is fully operational.

According to Magoha, the current curriculum assesses learners’ abilities solely through a single exam. This creates a negative atmosphere for the national test, and as a result, some rogue players attempt to cheat.

“Do you think that you, me and our relatives are ready to print the exams in Kenya? It is coming, once CBC takes route,” the CS declared.


To counteract this, he stated that the CBC will assess students based on competence, with the exam serving only as a supplement.

“It will be done because the premiumness of the examination will be done. The child would have got 60 per cent on assessment, so maybe that time you can say for the 40 per cent, let us set it here (in Kenya),” Magoha noted.

Professor Magoha led a team from the Ministry and the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) to the United Kingdom on January 28, where the national exams are currently printed.

According to KNEC, the council spends an estimated Ksh6,000 per student taking national exams, a figure that is expected to rise.


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The examinations council announced in December 2021 that it was Ksh6 billion short of its Ksh50.6 billion budget for the period 2021-2026. As a result, the price of O and A-Level exams is expected to rise.

KNEC claimed that government allocations had remained constant for the last two years while the cost of administering exams had risen.

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