More than one million students have registered for national examinations as the deadline draws near.
Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) acting chief executive officer Mercy Karogo said 801,963 candidates have signed up for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) in 21,426 centres.
She said 402,161 are boys and 399,801 girls. For the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE), 556,636 students have registered in 8,861 centres.
“Those registered for KCSE are 282,252 boys and 274,384 girls,” she said.
The exercise, which began on January 3 and is expected to end on February 15, will cost Sh4 billion. Dr Karogo directed school heads to make sure all eligible students are registered for the exams that start in November.
Last year 1.7 million candidates sat for the tests. In ensuring that no student is locked out, the government has been paying for examination fees for all students.
Further, the Ministry of Education is pushing for 100 percent transition primary to secondary schools.