Kenya Certificate of Primary Education
The Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) is a certificate awarded to students after completing the approved eight-year course in primary education in Kenya. The examination is supervised by the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC), an examining body in Kenya under the Ministry of Education. The same body also conducts and regulates the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE), a certificate awarded to students after completing secondary education. KCPE and KCSE were both started in 1985 when the 8-4-4 system of education was introduced in Kenya.
The subjects examined are Maths, English, Swahili, Social Studies, Science and Religious Studies (Christian/Islamic/Hindu). Social Studies includes a bit of Kenyan History, Civil education, current County system of government as well as all the Religious Studies. Each subject is worth a maximum of 100 marks. Each candidate is therefore able to earn a maximum of 500 marks.
The exam time runs from the second week of November and takes four days. In 2016, the exams will be held from 31 October to 3 November. Marking of written scripts (that is the Swahili Insha and the English Composition) is done over the December holidays. Results are then announced by the Minister for Education some three or four days after Christmas day. Efforts are ongoing to scrap the KCPE exam.