The long-awaited national exam period is nigh. For candidates, teachers, parents and other stakeholders, this is such an important time as final preparations are made to get the candidates ready for the exams that have for a long time been determining whether or not a candidate makes it to the next level of education under the 8-4-4 system.
For KCPE examinations, this will be the fourth last national examination for learners at primary school level as the President officially put an end to the system that had been a hallmark of tight competition for primary schools in August 2019.
With the adopted 2-6-3-3-3 curriculum, grade six learners will not have to sit national examinations at the end of their primary school education and there will be 100 percent transition to the next level.
For now, the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) has done its mandate of releasing the national examination time table for both primary and secondary schools.
A total of 1.8 million students are supposed to sit this year’s (2019) national exams. Of these, 1,088,986 will sit for KCPE while 699,745 will sit for the KCSE exam.
The following is KNEC’s program of how when the exams will be conducted;
On Monday, 28th October, there will be rehearsals for all standard eight students, after which they will sit for their subject papers as from 29th October and finish on 31st October.
On the first day (Tuesday), the learners will sit for their Mathematics paper at 8:30 am, the English language will be done starting 11 am the same day while compositions will be written in the afternoon starting 2:30 pm.
The first paper on 30th October will be Science at 8:30 am, followed by Kiswahili Lugha and Kiswahili Insha at 11:10 am and 2:10 pm respectively.
Social Studies and Religious Education exam will mark the end of 2019’s KCPE exams on 31st October.
Download KCPE Timetable 2019-KCPE-Time-table
While the seven-month Agriculture, Computer Studies, Art and Design, Woodwork, Metalwork, and Building Construction projects started in January and ended in July, French (501/3), German (502/3) and Arabic (503/3) oral exams, Kenyan Sign Language (504/3) practicals and Music practicals will be done between Monday, 21st October and Friday, 25th October.
There will be a Home Science practical planning session on Thursday, 24th October, in preparation for the practicals which will be done from Tuesday 29th to Thursday 31st October.
The rehearsal date is set for Friday, 1st November, after which candidates will sit for various subject papers from Monday, 4th November to 27th November.
Download the KCSE 2019 TIMETABLE