The Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) cautioned schools against registering ghost students for the 2023 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE).
In a circular dated Wednesday, January 25, KNEC Chief Executive(CEO) David Njengere warned school heads against registering students who do not attend their respective schools.
Njengere explained that the practice of students attending classes in one school, and then sitting the final exam in another was prohibited.
"All candidates registered for KNEC examinations must be bonafide, school-going pupils or students in their respective schools, who are transmitting you their respective examination class," the circular read in part.
The KNEC CEO further warned that the council would not accept ghost candidates and threatened schools with serious action.
"Registration of ghost candidates constitutes an examination malpractice, which attracts sanctions, including de-registration of the school as a KNEC examination centre," he declared.
Furthermore, KNEC capped the number of candidates per examination centre at 30 while independent candidates per institution must be more than five to be registered with the school.
The Council clarified that the government would pay examination fees for candidates in private and public institutions.
However, candidates re-sitting or repeating exams, non-citizens, private candidates registered in Sub-County Private Exam Centres and those in prisons will foot their own costs.
KNEC will charge Ksh800 for KCPE and between Ksh5,000 and Ksh5,800 for those sitting the entire KCSE exam - seven to nine subjects.
However, those who intend to resit the form four exam will pay Ksh3,100 to Ksh6,300 depending on the number of exams they want to sit.
The registration period will run from February 1 to March 30.