More than 9,000 candidates who missed the 2023 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exam will have another chance to take the tests.
Speaking on Thursday at Mitihani House in Nairobi while releasing this year’s results, Education CS Ezekiel Machogu said his ministry will conduct a special exam for the candidates in January 2024 to ensure no pupil in the 2023 cohort misses Form One admission.
He noted that a total of 1,415,325 pupils were registered for the 2023 KCPE exam. However, 1,406,557 candidates sat for the exam.
CS Machogu revealed more than 9,354 candidates failed to take their exams which were conducted between October 30 and November 1.
“To ensure that no candidate misses out on joining Form One from the final 2023 KCPE examination cohort, the Ministry of Education will conduct thorough mapping of any of those who may have failed to sit their examination this year in order to administer a Special Exam in January 2024,” the CS said.
This was the last KCPE exam to be conducted in the country after 38 years of the implementation of the 8-4-4 education system. It paves the way for the full implementation of the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC).