KNEC Releases New Set Of rules to govern examination Room(s).

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 Students should also refrain from having written material either on their clothing or footwear.

Bungoma DEB pupils in the exam room on Monday.

The Kenya National Examination Council has released a list of items it says ought not to be found in an exam room.

Knec in a post on X (Twitter) on Wednesday said no electronic gadget ought to be found in an exam room.


Among the prohibited electronics in the exam room are

  • Mobile phones
  • Smart watches
  • Tablets
  • Body cameras
  • Camera pens
  • Earphones and any item that can be linked to another through BlueTooth
  • Handbags
  • Briefcases
  • Backpacks
  • Kiondo’s


Knec also prohibits the learner from having any written or printed material whether it relates to the paper being sat or not.


Students should also refrain from having written material either on their clothing or footwear.


Wristwatches are also not allowed in the exam room.


For students with tattoos on their bodies, Knec requires that they declare them for no student is allowed to have written material on their body as they walk into an exam room.


Programmable calculators are also prohibited from the exam room.


The guidelines were issued at a time when candidates across the country are preparing to sit for their KCPE and KCSE exams.


Over 3.5 million candidates will sit national examinations with KCPE candidates covering the most soaring number ever recorded in the country.


Just under a million will sit KCSE exams this year while 1.4 million will sit KCPE exams. Those registered to sit the inaugural KAPSEA are 1.2 million.


KCSE exams will start on October 23 and end on November 24.

The rehearsals will happen on October 19.

The rehearsal date for KCPE and KPSEA is set for Friday, October 27.

Exams for both KCPE and KPSEA will begin on Monday, October 30, and end on Wednesday, November 1.

The 2023 KCPE examinations will mark the end of the 8-4-4 system in primary schools.

Following the announcement of the 2022 KCSE exams earlier this year, allegations of exam malpractice were rife.

The National Assembly Education Committee then moved to probe the allegations on January 27 this year



The committee found that exam malpractices in the 2022 KSCE included collusion to share answers, use of mobile phones in exam rooms, impersonation, smuggling of unauthorised written material, leakage, and plagiarism among other techniques.



Currently, Knec is working to ensure there will be no cases of malpractice in the 2023 national exams.



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