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Organization History

Our History

1980

Establishment of Knec

KNEC was established under KNEC Cap 225A following breakup of the East African Community. The single system of education, the 7-4-2-3 was examined. Exams offered were East African Certificate of Primary Education (EACPE) East African Certificate of Education Examination (EACE) East African Advanced Certificate of Education (EAACE).
1985

Begining of 8-4-4

8-4-4 system was adopted. CPE became KCPE while KCE became the KCSE. First KCPE Examinations are administered first time.
1988

Harmonization

Sessional Paper No.6 of 1988 emphasized on coordination and harmonization of the examinations and certification of all national examinations for school and post school training institutions except the universities. It also adopted the exiting examination syllabuses and award regulations for the examinations. The EACPE became the Certificate of Primary education (CPE), the EACE became the Kenya Certificate of Education (KCE) and the EAACE became the Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education (KACE).Business and Technical Examinations are administered first time.
1989

KCSE

First KCSE exam was held while last Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education (KACE) held which KCSE replaced.
2007

ECDE

ECDE Examinations are administered first time.
2010

DTE & SNE

DTE & SNE Examinations are administered first time.
2012

New Knec Act

KNEC Act No. 29 of 2012 replaces KNEC Cap 225A of 1980.
2015

Knec Gazette

KNEC Examinations Rules were gazetted.
2017

Revision

KNEC Act No. 27 of 2017