Government has allowed all standard 8 pupils to sit for Kenya Certificate of Primary Education, KCPE regardless of whether they registered or not.
While handing over examination papers in Nakuru County PS for Basic Education Dr Belio Kipsang said that all 2023 KCPE candidates who were expected to sit for exams should sit for them regardless of whether they registered for them or not.
He said, “Since this is the last KCPE, learners shall not be disadvantaged by exclusion from the examination, on account of non-registration,”
“Consequently, all affected learners are advised to report to their respective schools/designated examination centres for purposes of sitting the examination on the scheduled dates.”
This years’ KCPE will be the last one under the 8-4-4 curriculum. The curriculum is being phased out to pave way for the competence based curriculum CBC.
Kenya Certificate of Primary Education exam kicked off today across the country. The three-day-exam will be concluded on Wednesday this week.
The new competence based curriculum popularly known as CBC unlike 8-4-4 does not give more emphasis on exams. It gives learners opportunities to choose their career pathways earlier enough.
The 8-4-4 system started 1985.
Class six pupils are also sitting for KPSEA assessment.
According to data from KNEC a total of 1,282,574 candidates are set to sit the KPSEA assessments.
KPSEA will be done to monitor learner achievement and not the placement of candidates.
In the KPSEA exam, candidates only get a maximum score of 40% of the total, in contrast to 100% in the KCPE exam.
The remaining 60% is derived from continuous assessment exams administered in classroom settings to students in Grades 4, 5, and 6.
Additionally, they are examined in the areas of social studies, music, art and craft, and religious education (Creative and Social Sciences, or C.A.S.S.).