KNEC to replace KCPE with Kenya Primary Education Assessment (KPEA) under CBC

KNEC to replace KCPE with Kenya Primary Education Assessment (KPEA) under CBC

The Kenya Primary Education Assessment, which will be administered under the Competence Based Curriculum (CBC), will soon replace the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education.

According to Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) chair John Onsati, this will occur when the final batch of Standard Eight students sit their exams near the end of the year, when the academic calendar will have returned to normalcy.

“We want to inform Teachers Service Commission (TSC) that KNEC will be administering the Kenya Primary Education Assessment Grade 6 summative assessment at the end of the year,” said Dr Onsati on Saturday during the release of the KCSE 2021 results.

At the same event, Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha said that students taking national exams in November and December for Grade 6, Class 8, and Form 4 must register between April 27 and May 14.

“The ministry has already set the examinations. I direct KNEC to start registering candidates for the exams,” he said confirming that more than nine million students will be under CBC when schools reopen on Monday. 

Basic Education PS Julius Jwan emphasized that the registration for exams is free.


The new 2-6-3-3-3 curriculum will take over for the 32-year-old 8-4-4 curriculum. Since switching from the 7-4-2-3 system in 1985, this will be the country’s second time adopting a new curriculum.

This model included seven years of primary education, four years of lower secondary education, two years of upper secondary education (forms 5-6), and three years of university education.

Teachers who will be in charge of the upcoming junior high school classes, Grades 7 and 8, will be given a 10-month refresher course. The training is expected to have been completed by 60,000 teachers.

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