The 1.6 million candidates who will sit this year’s national examinations have only one week to verify their registration details with their respective schools.
Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) Chief Executive Officer Mercy Karogo yesterday said all schools have been sent the nominal rolls which must be returned by March 17.
“We want all parents to go to schools to ensure the names of candidates are well spelt, the subjects they will sit for are well captured, and that they are registered in the correct schools,” said Ms Karogo.
By the close of registration deadline last month, 1.6 candidates had registered to sit Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE).
Ms Karogo said 1,002,922 candidates were registered to sit the 2017 KCPE. This is the highest number of examination registration ever recorded.
Another 615,284 have registered to sit the KCSE examination this year. The registration deadline lapsed on February 28. This means that candidates had only six weeks to register — from January 17 to February 28. The deadline for registration was not extended this year.
The Knec chief executive said the council was cleaning data and noted that candidates must ensure their details are captured well.
“We do not want cases where candidates will start saying that they were registered in the wrong school, or that they were slotted for different subjects other than what they studied,” she said.
Karogo asked all school heads to pick the nominal rolls at the county education offices.
“We urge all stakeholders — parents, teachers and candidates — to ensure every candidate has verified their details because we are avoiding crises during or after examinations,” she said.
Registration guidelines for 2017 released by Knec stipulate that no examination centre should register less than 15 candidates this year.
Only special schools and prisons are permitted to host less than 15 candidates. The regulations have also categorised repeating candidates into two groups — those taking all seven subjects and those who will write specific subjects they failed.
“Candidates repeating seven subjects and above may re-sit the exam as many times as they want,” she said.