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KNEC Invites KCPE, KCSE examiners for the 2020 national exams marking exercise. How To Apply.

The Kenya National Examination Council has invited examiners to apply using the online portal. The portal site shall be accessible as follows:

  • KCPE Examiners from 16th March 2021
  • KCSE Examiners from 22nd March 2021.

Examiners should visit the link to apply for the marking exercise.



The Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) is a State Corporation established in 1980 under an Act of Parliament, namely The Kenya National Examinations Council Act Chapter 225A4 of (1980).

The Act was repealed in 2012 and replaced with The Kenya National Examinations Council Act No. 29 of 2012. The Council is mandated to conduct national assessments and examinations at both basic and tertiary levels and certify learners.

The examiners can access the site via the link below;

KCPE Examiners -from 16th March 2021; KCSE Examiners from 22nd March 2021. Examiners concerned are required to do the following:

1. Access KNEC Contracted Professionals Website using this link

2. Those with qp2 accounts and passwords, log in to the Examinersportal using your username and password

3. Those without passwords, click on the reset password button to enter your mobile number in the format [2547…) and submit to get your username and password for logging into the system

4. Upon successful login, complete your personal information and save it. Using the dashboard provided access, read, accept or reject the invitation letter provided.

After one accepts the offer letter, download and print the invitation letter. For further details contact any of the following: Telephone numbers: 0720 741005, 0752 3335350, 0775 471980, 0775 471997; Email addresses: and



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286,901 field officers will be contacted for exam administration compared to the 173,000 field officers engaged in 2019. At least 70,000 police officers will also be deployed to safeguard this year’s national examinations.

Officers will be drawn from the regular police, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, and the National Intelligence Service. They will be responsible for undercover operations, mobile phone tracking, manning school premises, and emergency responses.

The details are contained in a document assessing preparedness for the two national examinations. This year’s exams will be done in March and April.

Traditionally, the tests are conducted between October and November. For KCPE, 1,191,411 candidates are registered to take the test in 28,451 centers. For KCSE, 752,933 candidates will sit the exams in 10,437 centers compared to 10,287 approved in 2019.

Following the long closure of schools, Knec is gathering data on schools closed down during the shutdown and the candidates affected. Among the issues put into consideration is likely adverse weather as the exams will be conducted during the long rains season.

The council points to insecurity and flooding of major lakes and rivers in various parts of the country. The examinations will be the fifth in a row to be administered under the strict measures to prevent cheating adopted in 2016.

In this year’s examinations, the council has secured 479 containers at the sub-county headquarters where the examination papers will be housed.

The containers will have a double locking system and the sub-county director of education and the deputy county commissioners will be the only ones authorized to open and close them.

Vast sub-counties will get extra containers that will be located in the assistant county commissioner’s office. The process of appointing supervisors and invigilators is ongoing and will be completed at the end of February.


Knec will also put in place the required mechanisms to be used to deliver and return the exam materials. Preparation for marking of the exams is also ongoing and those involved in the process will include 7,402 KCPE examiners and 27,248 KCSE examiners.

Road and air transport will be used to avert any disruption that could occur. KCPE will commence on Monday, March 22, and end on Wednesday, March 24. KCSE candidates will undergo their rehearsals on March 25 before sitting their written exams from March 26 to April 21. 

For learners with special needs, Knec will have a toll-free line for school heads to convey any emerging cases that require intervention.

In total, 2,689 learners with special needs will sit for this year’s KCPE and another 1,891 will sit for the KCSE test. Among those sitting KCPE exams 112 are blind, 633 are affected with low vision, 1,207 are physically challenged and 737 have a hearing impairment. Of those sitting KCSE 113 are blind, 502 have low vision, 712 are physically challenged and 564 are hearing impaired.




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