How To Register For KCSE As A Private Candidate

This is a step by step guide on how to register for KCSE as a private candidate. Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) is the overall body that oversees national examinations such as KCPE and KCSE.

KNEC  provides room for one to register for KCSE as a private candidate. One can register for KCSE as a private candidate if he/she is sitting for the national exam for the second time, is serving as an inmate, missed previous exams or if the person is older than other students and may find it difficult to sit in a classroom with younger students. One can also register if he or she is seeking to get the KCSE certificate for the first time.

Before one registers for KCSE as a private candidate, he or she must meet or have the following requirements;

  • KCPE certificate
  • Birth certificate
  • Two passport size photos
  • More than 3 years. should have elapsed since one sat for KCPE
  • For a repeater, less than 2 years should have passed since their last KNEC sitting
  • Have a school leaving certificate of the last attended school
  • The candidate should produce a confirmation letter from the head of a school where he or she will sit for practical examination papers
  • Undertake and pass a KNEC qualifying test
  • The minimum number of papers to be registered is 7 and the maximum papers should be 9. The papers cost between Kshs 3,200 to 3,600

How To Register For KCSE As A Private Candidate

The registration should be after the prospective private candidate has met all the necessary requirements prescribed by the Kenya National Examination Council.

  • Private candidates are registered in the various County education offices, by agents appointed by the Kenya National Examination Council. This happens in March of every year.
  • The registration timeline is from 1st March to 30th March every year.
  • The sub-county education officials will guide on the available KCSE private registration centres in your sub-county.

For further inquiries, you can visit the KNEC website www.knec.ac.ke.

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