Relieve as KNEC pays 2018 examiners

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The Kenya National Examinations council, KNEC, has disbursed payments to examiners who marked the 2018 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education, KCSE, examinations. The examiners who had been promised their full payments immediately after the marking exercise, in December, had to wait a little bit longer. The 2018 KCSE examinations were marked between 1st December and 15th December, 2018 at various centres in Nairobi.

The Council rolled out the payments last evening when the examiners started receiving their dues via their mobile phones, M-Pesa. Examiners are paid at different rates depending on the numbers of scripts marked and the subject.

The examiners marked scripts for 660,204 candidates in the 28 subjects examined by KNEC and whose results were announced by the Education Ministry’s cabinet Secretary, Dr Amina Mohammed.

Elsewhere, the registration exercise for this year’s Kenya Secondary of Education, KCSE, and Kenya Certificate of Primary Education, KCPE, has kicked off. The exercise is expected to run from 2nd January to 15th February, 2019.

According to KNEC, all candidates must be registered where they have been learning. “Registration in two centres (double registration) will be treated as an examination malpractice,” warns KNEC, through a circular dated 26th November, 2018.

The KNEC E-Capture system that is used for registration of KCPE and KCSE candidates

Here are the key highlights from the Circular, regarding this year’s registration exercise:

  • REGISTRATION PERIOD: The registration exercise will be executed between 2nd January and 15th February, 2019.
  • NUMBER OF CANDIDATES PER CENTRE: Any school that has between 6 and 15 candidates will be hosted by another centre.
  • REGISTRATION PORTAL: Head Teachers and Principals are expected to log onto the KNEC portal at  to upload candidates’ registration details.
  • NO DOUBLE REGISTRATION OF CANDIDATES: All candidates must be registered where they have been learning. Schools will not be allowed to register their students in more than one examination centre; as this will be treated as an examination malpractice.
  • ISSUANCE OF INDEX NUMBERS: All candidates shall be issued with index numbers as per the school’s admission register. Schools have been warned against issuing index numbers based on merit in examinations.
  • KCSE PRIVATE CANDIDATES: All KCSE private candidates shall be registered at the Sub- county Director of Education.
  • EXAMINATION FEES: The government of Kenya shall pay examination fees for all candidates in public and private schools; except repeaters, non citizens and private candidates registering at the sub- county private examination centres.
  • LATE REGISTRATION: There shall be no late registration. Candidates whose details would have not been captured by 15th February, 2019 will have to register in 2020.
  • VERIFICATION OF CANDIDATES’ REGISTRATION DETAILS: Verification of registration data will take place between 18th and 28th February, 2019.

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