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Candidates preparing to sit KNEC exams in Primary schools, secondary schools, teacher training colleges and tertiary colleges could pay higher fees as the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) seeks Sh6 billion to plug its projected funding deficit.

Knec has confirmed that for the next five years, it will require Sh50.6 billion yet its expected resources allocation of Sh44.1 billion. It has also listed major risks that may frustrate its operations, including possible mass walkout of teachers who mark or supervise national examinations. Additionally, KNEC has included Cheating, political interference, inadequate secretariat staff and cyber insecurity among other concerns are also listed as major threats to national examinations.

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“Mitigation measures will include lobbying for more funds, diversify sources of funds and reviewing of examination fees,” reads the 2021-2026 Knec strategic plan to be unveiled today.

Though the government pays KCPE and KCSE examination fees for candidates, KNEC has listed other exams like KASNEB as one of the ways it will raise money for the smooth delivery of its mandate.

This, however, means candidates sitting other examinations administered by Knec could have their tests fees raised.

In addition to KCPE and KCSE, Knec offers the tertiary level examinations of Business, Technical and Teacher Education Examinations.

It also offers assessments for Early Years Education, Middle School, and Senior School Educational Assessments in line with the Competency-Based Curriculum.

However, the agency will continue offering the school examinations for learners in the 8-4-4 educational system until it is phased out in 2023 for KCPE and 2027 for KCSE.

Chief Executive David Njengere said the strategic plan is aligned to the changes taking place in government policies and the operating business environment.

“These changes include CBC, Medium Term Plan 3 and the National Education Sector Strategic Plan 2018-2022,” said Njengere.

On KCSE and KCPE, the government spends Sh6,000 per student. The cost, however, varies with the number and nature of subjects students are examined on. Knec  however, says the government allocations have remained constant for the last two years while the cost of administering exams has been rising.

The council says its part of its objective is to ensure a systematic and well-coordinated approach to expanding its resource base. The agency hopes to partner with other institutions and professional bodies that require services related to examinations and assessment at a fee.

The Council also says it shall generate money by assessing and certifying recognition of prior learning. It will also internally print and sell mathematical tables and sell the feedback reports and past papers using online platform.

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