KNEC warning against registration of ghost candidates

All candidates that intend to sit for this year’s KCPE and KCSE examinations have until March 30, 2023 to register for the examinations.

The exercise to be conducted in the next two months begins tomorrow, February 1, 2023.

“All candidates registered for KNEC examinations must be bonafide, school-going pupils/students in their respective schools, who are transiting to their respective examination class,” said the Kenya National Examination Council, KNEC while announcing the commencement of the registration exercise.

“Registration of ghost candidates constitutes an examination malpractice, which attracts sanctions, including de-registration of the school as a KNEC examination centre.”

Under the registration guidelines issued by the examination body, schools with less than five candidates will not be allowed to register candidates for the examinations as independent examination centres.

Such schools are advised to liase with the respective Sub-County Directors of Education (SCDEs) to identify an approved KNEC examination centre with more than five candidates for their learners to be registered.

On the other hand, examination centres with less than 30 candidates shall be hosted in examination centres to be identified by SCDEs, in line with the guidelines issued by KNEC.

SCDEs and Heads of institutions are also required to log into the KNEC registration portal for capturing of the registration details of the examination centres and candidates using their examination centre log-in credentials.

For KCSE examination, Principals are required to upload candidates’ passport and photographs.

During the registration exercise, Heads of institutions and SCDEs are called upon to ensure accuracy of the registration data for all candidates including correct spellings and order of candidates’ names as documented in their birth certificates, gender, year of birth, citizenship and subjects registered for.

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