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Kenya National Examinations KNEC Chairman

KNEC Chairman – Details:

Prof. Julius Omondi Nyabundi, Ph.D., OGW

Council Chairman

Prof. Julius Omondi Nyabundi is currently serving as the Vice-Chancellor of Maseno University (MSU) since 2016. Prior to this he was the Principal, Murang’a University of Technology, 2014-2016 and Managing Director, Chemelil Sugar Company, 2003-2008. In addition, he has served as:

  • Ag. Deputy Vice-Chancellor, AFD, MSU, 2012-2014

  • Founder Dean, School of Agriculture, MSU, 2011-2013

  • Director, Botanic Garden, MSU, 2008-2011

  • Director, Student Welfare Services, MSU, 2001-2003

  • Dean, Faculty of Science, MSU 1999-2001

  • Chairman, Department of Environmental Science at the same time as Chairman, Department of Horticulture, MSU, 1998-1999

  • Founder Chairman, Department of Horticulture, MSU, 1997-1999

Prof. Nyabundi has served as a member of the following Boards:

  • Vice Chairperson of Africa Institute for Capacity Development (AICAD) Technical Committee of Governing Board and representative of Kenya Participating Universities, 2019-To-date

  • Member of the Executive Committee of Inter-University Council of East Africa (IUCEA), representing Public Universities of Kenya, 2018-2020

  • Member, Vice-Chancellor’s Committee, 2014-To-date

  • Member, FKE Executive Board and Chairman of FKE Western Branch, 2005-2008

  • Member, Kenya Sugar Board, 2003-2008

Prof. Nyabundi is a full Professor of Horticulture since 1998. He previously served as Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at University of Nairobi. He holds a BSc. Degree in Agriculture for University of Nairobi. MSc in Agronomy from University of Nairobi and PhD in Agricultural Ecology from University of California at Davis, USA. Prof. Nyabundi is a versatile Professor who has taught, researched and published widely in peer-reviewed journals worldwide.


1.KNEC exam timetable

2.KNEC verification form

3.KNEC online registration

Historical Background

Establishment of Knec

KNEC was established under KNEC Cap 225A following breakup of the East African Community. The single system of education, the 7-4-2-3 was examined. Exams offered were East African Certificate of Primary Education (EACPE) East African Certificate of Education Examination (EACE) East African Advanced Certificate of Education (EAACE).
Begining of 8-4-4

8-4-4 system was adopted. CPE became KCPE while KCE became the KCSE. First KCPE Examinations are administered first time.

Sessional Paper No.6 of 1988 emphasized on coordination and harmonization of the examinations and certification of all national examinations for school and post school training institutions except the universities. It also adopted the exiting examination syllabuses and award regulations for the examinations. The EACPE became the Certificate of Primary education (CPE), the EACE became the Kenya Certificate of Education (KCE) and the EAACE became the Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education (KACE).Business and Technical Examinations are administered first time.

First KCSE exam was held while last Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education (KACE) held which KCSE replaced.

ECDE Examinations are administered first time.

DTE & SNE Examinations are administered first time.
New Knec Act

KNEC Act No. 29 of 2012 replaces KNEC Cap 225A of 1980.

Knec Gazette

KNEC Examinations Rules were gazetted.


KNEC Act No. 27 of 2017

Our Teacher Examinations

The Teacher Education Examinations are professional examinations administered to persons wishing to join the teaching profession at various levels. These examinations are listed below: –

  • Primary Teacher Education (PTE)
  • Diploma in Teacher Education (DTE)
  • Teacher Certificate in Adult Education (TCAE)
  • Diploma in Special Needs Education Part I and II
  • Early Childhood Development Education
    • Proficiency
    • Certificate and
    • Diploma Examination (ECDE)

ECDE Examinations

Early Childhood Development and Education (ECDE) examinations are courses taken by students who wish to specialize in Early Childhood Education.

The teachers who pursue the course are awarded with either Diploma or Certificate in ECDE after two years of study.

Click here to read more about the KNEC ECDE Registration Guidelines 2023-2024.

SNE Examinations

Diploma in Special Needs Education (SNE) examination is a two year course taken by teachers who wish to specialize in Special Needs Education after they complete the teacher training course at various levels. The teachers who pursue the course are awarded with Diploma in Special Needs Education.

DTE Examinations

Diploma in Teacher Education (DTE) examination is a three year course taken by students who wish to be teachers at secondary school level after they complete the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination. The students who pursue the course are awarded with Diploma in Teacher Education.


Our Business & Technical Examinations

The Business and Technical Examinations are categorized under Post School examinations. These are professional examinations offered to candidates who have completed primary and/or secondary school education. The examinations are offered twice a year during the months of July and November. All courses are offered in both series.

Categories of examinations in Business Technical examinations.

  1. i) Single and Group – this is an examination where candidates can sit for single papers and obtain a certificate. After completion of the course, the certificates are combined into three levels of elementary, intermediate and advanced. With the advanced certificate, candidates can proceed to Higher Diploma or Degree level of education.
  2. ii) Artisan– these level places emphasis on acquisition/mastery of practical skills. Candidates are awarded after passing practical examinations. The levels are:
  • Certificate courses
  • Diploma courses
  • Higher Diploma courses

Those who successfully complete any of the above courses can proceed to the next stage or join the job market. Holders of Diploma certificates can proceed to pursue Degree courses.

More information on Business and Technical examinations can be found in the Regulations for the TVET craft and diploma Business/Technical Examinations.

Technical Vocational Education & Training (TVET) Courses

The following levels of Technical Education Examinations are offered by the KNEC:-
i) Artisan Certificate Examinations.
ii) Craft Certificate Examinations.
iii) Diploma Certificate Examinations.
iv) Higher Diploma Certificate Examinations.

Candidates can sit these examinations under the Modular and Non- Modular curriculum. In modular curriculum, the Craft certificate examinations has two modules; I and module II, Diploma level has three modules; module I, module II and module III and Higher Diploma level has two modules; module I and module II.
Candidates must take all the examinations papers of the module at one sitting except for the referred candidates.

Kenya Certificate Of Secondary Education

The Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination is an examination that is offered after four year cycle in secondary education. The examination is normally offered in November/December each year. It is open to all bona fide residents of Kenya who meet the examination requirements as stipulated by KNEC.

Holders of KCSE certificate may proceed to tertiary institutions to pursue degree, diploma, craft, and certificate and artisan courses.

Registration of Candidates

Registration of candidates for the KNEC examinations is based on the Regulations and Syllabuses for specific examination which give the guidelines and procedures required for the registration of candidates.
After all the information for the candidates has been keyed online, heads of institutions/schools MUST re-check the online report thoroughly to ensure that it is accurate. The head institution must then download the list of candidates, sign and stamp on the space provided and indicate all other details required in the nominal roll after verification.
The Ministry of Education will remit examination fees for all KCPE and KCSE candidates for both private and public schools. However the following candidates will be required to pay examination fees:-

    • KCPE and KCSE private candidates
    • Candidate in prisons
    • Teacher Education candidates
    • Business and Technical examinations candidates

The Registration of the mentioned KNEC examinations is done online.

Registration Of Candidates with Special Needs

The Kenya National Examinations Council has categorized the candidates with special needs as follows:-

      • Visually impaired – low vision and blind candidates
      • Hearing impaired candidates
      • Physically challenged candidates
      • Mentally Challenged candidates

Information on the above candidates giving details of index number, subjects and degree of impairment must be captured during registration.Depending on the degree of impairment, the Council will facilitate the candidates appropriately upon receipt of supporting evidence from competent medical authority.

For Candidate Registration visit click the button below:


All Examination fees must be paid through any of the following banks:-

  1. Co-operative Bank.
  2. National Bank of Kenya.
  3. Equity Bank.
  4. Kenya Commercial Bank.

A candidate is considered duly registered after fulfilling the following:

  1. Candidate’s details are successfully uploaded onto the registration platform for the specific examination.
  2. The subjects are duly selected as per subject cluster as stipulated in the regulations governing the specific examination.
  3. Payment of fees where applicable (examination fees is not refundable or transferable to another candidate nor to another year)
  4. Submission of all the candidates’ registration materials to KNEC

Registration of examination centres

Any new institution wishing to register candidates for KNEC examinations must fulfill the following:-

    1. Submit a valid registration certificate from the Ministry of Education; in case of school (KCPE & KCSE) and Teacher Education examinations.
    2. Business and Technical examination centres should submit a report from Technical, Vocational Education and Training Authority (TVETA).
    3. Complete and submit an application form for registration of a new examination centre which is available on KNEC website
    4. Submit a questionnaire duly filled by the Sub-County Director of Education or the Kenya National Examinations Council after inspection of the centre. This must be accompanied by a report giving recommendations on the status of the institution;
      (The application must reach KNEC a year before registration of the candidates).
    5. When an examination centre relocates to a new premise it is required to apply to KNEC for re-inspection

The Council reserves the right to combine examination centres for purposes of ease of administration of examinations and for security reasons.

Brief Summary OF Registration Of Examination Centres

The minimum candidature that an examination centre is allowed to present for the various examinations is:-

    • KCPE and KCSE – fifteen (15) candidates.
    • Business, Technical and Teacher Education – ten (10) candidates.
    • Foreign Examinations – fifteen (15) candidates.

Examination centres presenting fewer candidates than the required minimum are not recognized as examination centres and should  be hosted by other examination centres.
Prisons and institutions presenting candidates with special needs are exempted from the above rule.

All examination centres are expected to log onto the KNEC Registration portal for specific examination and enter the candidates’ details using the school/centre registration password.


Release of Results Slips


Send all KNEC enquiries to any of the following contact details below and you will be responded to as soon as possible:


    Chief Executive Officer – P.O. Box: 73598 00200, Nairobi, Kenya.
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  • Fax: +254-020- 2226032
  • 0720741001/0732333860

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