Dr. Mercy Karogo, KNEC CEO

The Kenya National Examinations Council,KNEC, has issued a stern warning to candidates with incorrect birth certificate numbers. The Council notes that some students who registered for this year’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education, KCSE, and Kenya Certificate of Primary Education, KCPE, Examinations this year have provided incorrect birth certificate numbers.

“The Council has noted with a lot of concern that a number of candidates registered for the 2019 KCPE and KCSE examinations did not provide genuine birth certificates numbers,” Says KNEC Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Mercy G. Karogo.

The registration for this year’s KCSE and KCPE exams ended on 15th February, 2019, and hence no new candidate can be captured on the system.

Dr Karogo warns that those with incorrect birth certificate details must be do so immediately or risk being deregistered. “This is an examination anomaly The Council is therefore requesting you to inform Principals, Headteachers parents/guardians to seek for birth certificates for candidates who have not provided the birth certificates or those who have provided fake birth certificate numbers. This must be done by Wednesday, 6th March 2019. The registration systems for both Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education will be opened for a week from 7th March 2019 to 15th March 2019 to allow insertion/amendment of birth certificates numbers only,” Dr Karogo directs via a circular dated 1st March, 2019, and sent to all County and Sub- County Directors of Education.

Verification of KCPE and KCSE registration data was concluded last month on 28th February, 2019. The council had last month asked parents and guardians to verify registration details for their kids by sending a message with the candidate’s index number to 20076.


“At the lapse of this period, the data will be validated with IPRS (integrated Persons
Registration Services) Department, and any candidate without or found to have provided a wrong or fake birth certificate number will be deregistered,” warns Dr Karogo.

According to data provided by the Council, close to 1.8 million were registered for this year’s national Examinations. Of this number, 698,935 registered for KCSE with 1,089,671 registering for KCPE exams. The council says 28,713 KCSE candidates face deregisteration for providing incorrect birth certificate details. While, 342,916 candidates may miss the KCPE exams this year for the same anomaly.

Here are the total number of KCPE and KCSE candidates risking deregistration for providing wrong birth certificate details per county (to ten counties):

  1. Meru- 27452
  2. Machakos- 26582
  3. Kitui- 26091
  4. Nakuru- 25422
  5. Trans Nzoia- 17798
  6. Nandi- 17535
  7. Makueni- 17498
  8. Murang’a- 12,827
  9. Kiambu- 12,359
  10. Uasin Gishu- 11,493

Others are:

  • Mandera- 213
  • Wajir- 159
  • Nyeri- 3195
  • Kirinyaga- 2627
  • Marsabit- 45
  • Garissa- 3809
  • Migori- 750
  • Isiolo- 549
  • Tharaka Nithi- 2355
  • Nyamira- 269
  • Siaya- 2181
  • Isiolo- 549
  • Nairobi- 11038
  • Homa Bay- 2574
  • Kisii- 917
  • Turkana- 3252
  • Samburu- 560
  • West Pokot- 7723
  • Bomet- 5467
  • Kisumu- 5026
  • Vihiga- 10,209
  • Kakamega- 865
  • Uasin Gishu- 11,493
  • Kericho-6079
  • Laikipia- 4237
  • Kajiado- 4867
  • Narok- 9624
  • Baringo- 3130
  • Elgeyo Marakwet- 5521
  • Busia- 2506
  • Bungoma- 11,258

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