This guide explains the KNEC registration process for private candidates.
And as you might be aware, KNEC provides this option for those who wish to upgrade their KCSE grade (repeating form four) or just get a KCSE certificate for the first time.
Let’s dive right in.
KNEC registration private candidates – the process
KNEC has simplified the process of registering for KCSE exams as a private candidate and all you have to do now is download and fill the KNEC private candidate registration form from their website.
You’re then required to present the completed form to your sub-county’s director of education.
The sub county education office will also guide you on the existing KCSE private registration centres in your sub county – you can request to be placed in a center that is convenient for you.
Note that you will sit your exam in one of the schools appointed as a KCSE private exam center in your sub county (KNEC permits only one private K.C.S.E examination centre in every sub county).
Official requirements to register as a private KCSE candidate in Kenya
You will be asked to supply the following documents when registering:
- Passport size photo (2 copies).
- Birth certificate copy (1 copy).
- A copy of your KCPE certificate.
Besides, a duration of not less than 3 years should have passed since you wrote your KCPE exam if you’re a first time private candidate.
Form 4 repeaters were previously required to spend two years out in the cold before re-attempting the KCSE exam but this condition has since been abolished after a review of the KCSE guidelines.
KNEC registration private candidates- how much is the examination fees?
If you’re taking 7 subjects, expect to pay about shs.5500/-.
The charges may, however, go up with an extra shs.200-shs.500 per extra exam depending on whether the paper is practical or theory.
The maximum number of papers you can sit is presently capped at 9.
Note: The fee keep on varying so it is important to contact your local sub-county education office /KNEC for final confirmation
Kenya national examination council registration for private candidates- payment of fees
While regular students ought to deposit the examination fees straight into any of the various KNEC collection bank accounts at National Bank, KCB, Co-operative Bank, or Equity bank branch, private students pay through the account you’re given by the sub-county education officer helping you.
Just request him/her to supply you with the details about the bank account account you are required to pay into- normally, each sub-county will have a unique bank account.
Once you pay, the deposit slip copy should be handed over to your sub county’s director of education along with the rest of the requested registration documents (as explained next).
He/she will ultimately transfer the entire amount (from all the private candidates who have registered through his/her office) to KNEC.
KNEC registration private candidates – when is the KCSE registration deadline?
To be eligible, you are supposed to submit the form and pay the applicable exam fees before the expiry of the set KCSE private candidate registration period.
Now, KNEC usually announces the deadline date through the media but I recommend that you contact your sub county’s education office soonest possible for confirmation as it will allow you to make the necessary arrangements.
Important: Keep in mind that the usual deadline for KCSE private candidate registration is 28th February. Of course, this may change as a result of special situations (such as the pandemic) or as KNEC/ministry of education deems fit. That is why we keep on insisting that the best approach to be sure of deadlines is to get in touch with your sub-county’s education office ASAP.
KNEC registration private candidates- A word on late registration
KNEC used to extend the exam registration period by a couple of days after the official deadline but this is no longer the case for both KCSE and KCPE exams.
It’s, therefore, crucial that you adhere to the deadline you’re given by the sub county education official.
To boost your chances of scoring a good grade in your KCSE as a private candidate, consider enrolling in one of the adults secondary schools in Kenya such as Clevers schools or at least a secondary school near you especially for practicals.
There are schools that offer bridging courses you can consider too accross the country.
You can also hire a private KCSE tutor or use the KCSE study materials at your nearest Kenya National Library Services branch.
Also helpful during revision are KNEC past papers (search for them online or sweet-talk your teachers)