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KCPE candidates given 10 days to revise sub-county school selections

The Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) candidates have only 10 days to revise their sub-county school choices from February 15 to February 26.

In a circular issued on Wednesday, the ministry of education said the candidates have up to 26th of February to revise the schools.

“Advice all primary schools presenting candidates for KCPE that the choice of day schools will be based on the parents’ area of residence,” read the circular.

In essence, day schools to be picked should be within commutable distance from their residence according to the circular with schools asked to be provided with the list of all subcounties schools in the country to candidates.

This year’s exams will be done next month in April, unlike other years where tests are conducted between October and November. Exactly 1,191,411 candidates are registered to take the KCPE test in 28,451 centres.

Further, 752,933 candidates will sit for the KCSE exams in 10,437 centres.

The Kenya National Examination Council (Knec) is gathering data on schools shut down during the covid-19 holiday and the candidates affected.

Learners in the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) will sit for their national examination at the end of primary school, just like KCPE, but the exams will not entirely determine their secondary school.

Under the new curriculum, the shift from Grade 6 to secondary school will be determined by a hybrid model comprising a combination of CATs (Classroom Assessment Techniques and KNEC tests.

Learners will be expected to take CATs at the end of Grades 4, 5 and 6 that will be part of the final mark the learners get at the end of primary school.

Each CAT will comprise 20 per cent of the final mark meaning the 3 CATs will cumulatively account for 60 per cent of the final score.

Kenya National Examination Council exam will provide the remaining 40 per cent in an exam to be administered at the end of Grade 6.




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