The Kenya National Examinations Council, KNEC, has issued a warning to school heads charging examination fees from all students registering for this year’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education, KCSE, and Kenya Certificate of Primary Education, KCPE, examinations.
In a circular dated 24th January, 2019 KNEC and addressed to Head Teachers and Principals presenting candidates for the 2019 KCPE and KCSE examinations that they will be held responsible for charging illegal examination fees
“It has come to the attention of the Kenya National Examinations Council, KNEC, that some head of institutions are charging examination fees and other levies over and above the approved fee guidelines. This is in contravention of government directive on examination fees payment,” says Dr Mercy Karogo, the acting KNEC Chief Executive Officer.
Karogo says the Government will pay for all Kenyan candidates sitting for the exams for the first time. “The Kenya National Examinations Council wishes to bring to your attention the following information in regard to the payment of examination fees. The Government of Kenya, through the Ministry of Education shall pay examination fees for all candidates in both private and public schools sitting for the first time,” adds Dr Karogo.
However, clarifies that the following categories of candidates are required to pay examination fees
1. Repeaters. These include candidate who re-sit the whole examination or selected paper/subjects
2 Private Candidates. These are candidates registering for the examination at the sub county private centres
3. Adult Education candidates. These are candidates registering for the examination at the Adult Education Examination Centres
4. Prisoners. These are the candidates registering for the examination in Prison Examination Centres.
5. Non-citizens. These are candidates who are not Kenyan citizens
This latest development comes after it emerged that some schools were charging registration fees from freshers and exorbitant processing fee of up to Kshs. 1,000 per candidate.
“On account of the above, all heads of institutions are required to ensure
compliance,” Karogo advises.
The 45-days registration exercise is expected to come to a close in 2 weeks’ time; on 15th February, 2019.