The Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education remains one of the most valuable examinations for any student who wishes to seek employment at any level in life,this is evident by the seriousness given to the exam by students and all stakeholders year in, year out .
Since the onset of corona virus pandemic in the country ,teachers have worked round the clock in ensuring prior and adequate preparations for the candidates before they sit for the final exams
The Kenya National Examinations Council has now released the 2021 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education.
To download the 2021 KCSE Timetable,click here.
TIMINGS OF PAPERS IN THE 2021 KCSE EXAMINATION AND INSTRUCTIONS TO SUPERVISORS, INVIGILATORS, TEACHERS & CANDIDATES
- All first session examination papers will start at 8:00 am. The start time for a second session examination papers is as indicated on the timetable.
- The time allowed for each paper is indicated against the name of the paper and NO EXTRA TIME IS TO BE ALLOWED.In case of any discrepancy, the time stated on the question paper should be taken as the correct one. Time for reading through questions is part of the time shown on the question paper except where special paper instructions indicated otherwise.
- Supervisors and invigilators are asked to ensure that candidates have written their names, index numbers and have signed on their answer scripts before they collect the answer scripts from each candidate while the candidates are advised to ensure that they only take the subjects they are registered for.
- Schools should upload marks for subjects with a Project component by 30th October 2021 for Milestone 1 and 31st January 2022 for milestone 2 where applicable.
INSTRUCTIONS AND GUIDELINES TO TEACHERS AND CANDIDATES
INSTRUCTIONS TO TEACHERS
Teachers are advised to ensure that the candidates read these instructions and guidelines carefully and adhere to them.
The candidates should be made aware of the penalties for examination irregularities or misconduct.
INSTRUCTIONS TO CANDIDATES
Avail yourself for searching outside the examination room and be seated at your desk/table 15 minutes before the time fixed for the examination in the various papers. The first session will start at 8:00 a.m. followed by the second session as indicated on the timetable.
A candidate who arrives late will be required to give a satisfactory reason to the Supervisor. Only in exceptional circumstances will a paper be given to any candidate who is more than half an hour late. Absolute punctuality is essential for all papers.
Check the question paper you have been given to confirm that it is the paper you registered for.
If an examination paper for which you are not registered is handed to you, or if the question indicate that a map or other material should also have been provided, inform the Supervisor at once.
Attend carefully to any general instructions that may be given on the first page of a paper, e.g. instructions limiting the number of questions that should be answered.
Check to ensure that each page of your question is printed.
Write your name, index number, sign and write the date of the examination on the answer booklet.
Write on both sides of the paper, but do not use the margins. Begin the answer to each separate part of a question on a fresh line.
Write your responses in black or blueink. You may use fountain pen or ball point pen. Pencils should only be used for diagrams. Bring mathematical and drawing instruments for subjects for which they will be needed.
Read each question carefully. A lot of time may be wasted in writing down information that is not asked for and no marks will be given for it.
Do not spend too much time on one or two questions. Leave yourself adequate time to answer other questions.
As soon as notice is given to stop, make sure your name, index number, signature and the date of the examination are written on the answer booklet and then hand it over to the supervisor/invigilator
PENALTY FOR EXAMINATION IRREGULARITIES
The KNEC Act No. 29 of 2012 Offences and Penalties stated in Section 27 to 40 for cases of examination irregularities will apply. Some of the highlights in the Sections state that:
A candidate who commits an examination irregularity in any examination paper will have the results for the whole subject cancelled. Such a candidate will not be entitled to a result and will be awarded result “Y” overall.
If there is evidence of wide-spread irregularities in any examination centre, the examination results for the whole centre will be cancelled.
Any person who:
- Gains access to examination material and knowingly reveals the contents, whether orally or in writing, to an unauthorized party, whether a candidate or not, will be in violation of Section 27 of the Act and the penalty will be imprisonment for a term not exceeding two million shillings or both;
- Wilfully and maliciously damages examination material will be in violation of Section 30 of the Act and the penalty will be imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years or a fine not exceeding five million shillings or both;
- Is not registered to take a KNEC examination but, with intent to impersonate, presents or attempts to present himself to take part of an enrolled candidate will be in violation of Section 31 of the Act, and shall be guilty of an offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or a fine not exceeding two million shillings or both and shall be prohibited from taking an examination concluded by or on behalf of the Council for a period of three years.
- Please ensure that you do not commit any examination irregularity to avoid your results cancelled.