Kenya National Examination Council has enabled many Kenyans to have a second chance in obtaining their O level certificate. The KNEC examination body in Kenya provide a private candidate registration avenue in Kenya for those who missed their chance in KCSE for various reasons.

Some of people who register as private candidates for KCSE in Kenya include: those who failed their KCSE exam in Kenya, and wish to try again without having to attend classes and uniforms, or those who are older and had missed a chance in their youth in Kenya, or those due to unforeseen circumstances, especially due to sickness or accidents in Kenya, were unable to sit their KCSE examinations in Kenya.

Private Candidates for the 2021 KCPE Examination

There are Kenyan Citizens who have never sat for the KCPE or KCSE Exams and wish to sit for the exams and get a certificate.

These includes those who are learning in non – formal centres. These non-formal centers are required to register their candidates at the Sub County Education offices.

They should

  1. Upload candidates’ photographs online because no hard copies of photographs will be accepted at KNEC.
  2. Submit their registration certificates from the Ministry of Education (MOE);

Private Candidates for the 2021 KCSE Examination

All private candidates shall be registered at the Sub County Director of Education.

A candidate who wishes to register privately should download the private candidate registration form from the KNEC website, complete it as required and present it to the respective Sub County Education office for further instructions within the registration period.

For registration of the KCSE candidates, KNEC will only allow one private examination centre per Sub County.

Private candidates are not allowed to individually deposit money into the KNEC collection accounts. Sub–County Education Officers are asked to ensure compliance to this regulation.

2021 Examination Fees

The government of Kenya has endeavoured to rollout free education for all citizens. Therefore they shall pay examination fees for all candidates in public and private schools except for the following:

  1. Candidates who are re-sitting/repeaters;
  2. Non–citizens candidates;
  3. Private candidates registering in the Sub County private examination centres;

All private candidates should pay their examination fees directly to the KNEC fees collection accounts given below and submit the deposit slips to the Sub County Director of Education who will further submit them to KNEC together with other registration documents.

KNEC Fees Collection Accounts

The KCSE Qualifying Test registration fee is Kes. 3000/= (three thousand) per candidate. The fees should be deposited in the KNEC KCSE fees collection accounts in either

National Bank of Kenya – A/C No – 0100160314300
Kenya Commercial Bank – A/C No – 1116686937
Equity Bank – A/C No – 0470294988491
Co-operative Bank – A/C No – 01136030120308

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