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2021 KCSE, KCPE KNEC Registration Guidelines, Documents & Deadline

The Kenya National Examinations Council has released important information as regards the registration of 2021 KCPE, KCSE and KCSE Qualifying Test examinations.

KCSE And KCPE 2021 Registration Deadline

The registration of candidates for the 2021 KCPE, KCSE and KCSE QT examinations will start from 2nd June, 2021 and end on 31st July, 2021.

Any school that has between 6 and 14 candidates will be hosted by another centre to be determined by the Sub County Director of Education. The information on such schools should be submitted to KNEC together with the registration documents.

Head teachers and Sub County Education Officers are required to log onto the KNEC website: www.knecportal.ac.ke for capturing of the registration details of the candidates and uploading of the photographs (300 x 300 pixels) using the examination centre registration password for KCPE private candidates and KCSE candidates

All Heads of institutions are reminded to ensure that candidates are registered where they have been learning in class seven (7) for primary schools and form three (3) for secondary schools

Registration of a candidate in two examination centres (double registration) is an examination malpractice and must be avoided


National Housing Corporation Building, Aga Khan Walk, PO Box 7359800200 City Square, NAIROBI, KENYA 

Telephone: (+25420) 341098/50/71, 317419/12/13, 341113 Fax: (+25420) 222603

Email: exams@knec.ac.ke; Website: www.knec.ac.ke 

All Heads of Institutions are directed to ensure accuracy in the following when registering the candidates

  • Correct order of candidates names as per the birth certificate;
  •  Gender;
  •  Year of birth;
  •  Subjects entered;
  •  Information on different categories of candidates with special needs (ie Braille, Low Vision, deaf and physically challenged)

All schools and private candidates shall be expected to adhere to entry requirements and pay examination fees as stipulated in the registration instructions for KCPE and KCSE candidates by referring to the Regulations and User Guides for the Management of KCPE and KCSE examinations printed and circulated in 2017

New schools wishing to be registered as KNEC examination centres for the 2021 KCPE and KCSE examinations should submit to KNEC the following

  • A certified copy of a valid registration certificate from the County Director of Educationthe Sub County
  • Duly filled inspection questionnaire from Director of Education;
  • Duly filled application form from the school.

This information should reach KNEC by 15th June, 2021. NB: Expired registration certificates will not be accepted


All private candidates shall be identified and registered by the Sub County Director of Education 

Candidates wishing to register privately will be required to download the private candidates registration form from the KNEC website, complete it as required and present it to the respective Sub County Education office for further instructions within the registration period

For registration of the KCSE candidates, KNEC will only allow one private examination centre per Sub County

The Sub County Directors of Education are informed to identify one public school where the private candidates will be hosted during the examination. This will be the centre where the candidates will undertake the projects and sit for their practical examination papers


All nonformal centres for the KCPE examination shall be expected to register their candidates with the Sub County Education offices and to upload candidatesphotographs online. No hard copies of photographs should be submitted to KNEC 

All candidates registering for examination in prisons must have individual passport size photograph uploaded online


All documents for registration of candidates and new examination centres are to be downloaded from the KNEC website www.knec.ac.ke


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