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Knec says it is optional to pre-register candidates

Saturday, May 25, 2013 - 00:00 -- BY HILTON OTENYO

THE Kenya National Examinations council has moved to clarify the confusion over the pre-registration of 2014 KCPE and KCSE candidates. Knec has said it is not mandatory.

The council said the pre-registration exercise is meant for submission of information of form three students and class seven pupils for planning purposes. The council said this has been the case in the past.

“No head teacher or principal should send students away to look for registration fees. Those who want to pay the registration fees can however do so voluntarily,” the council said in an advert signed by Secretary Paul Wasanga.

He said the registration deadline is March 2014. Wasanga said the registration for both examinations will be between January 1 and July 31 2014. The council said uploading of the pre-registration data by respective examination centres and schools for 2014 examinations has been reviewed and will take place between November 1 and 30, 2013. The exercise had earlier been set for between June 1 and July 31 this year.

The council said that the changes had been necessitated by systems challenges it has faced in the past. Wasanga also said all contracted professionals who took part in administration of the 2012 examinations and provided the right details such as mobile numbers, ID card numbers and bank account details were all paid.

The council denied accusations by parents that it was seeking to raise money to pay teachers who supervised examinations last year through the pre-registration exercise. The council said it does not use registration fees to pay service providers.

Parents had protested the council directive that they pay registration for their children. They argued that some of their children may not be alive for the examination.