kcpe kcse grade 6 registration details check

Check Grade 6 KCPE KCSE Registration Details via SMS

In an announcement made on May 28th, 2022, the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) has simplified the process of checking registration details for candidates. Schools and candidates can now check their details to ascertain whether they are correct. The body has requested parents and school administrators to check through their SMS platform whether the candidate’s details registered in their database match the candidate’s details. It’s very frustrating for a parent to be notified on the last day of the exam that the details of his/her child were not correctly captured or are not available. That is why KNEC had to develop a way that enables parents and guardians to check their candidate’s details. This article will explain how to check candidates’ registration details through SMS in an easily understandable way.

Check Grade 6 KCPE KCSE Registration Details

Checking Registration Details of KCPE KCSE Grade 6 via SMS

The latest trends in technology have simplified how you can check the details of a candidate through an SMS notification, thanks to KNEC.

When checking a candidate’s registration details, the following procedures should be followed:

  • On your mobile device, go to Create New SMS.
  • Type in the candidate’s index number and the exam using the ExamIndexnumber format (e.g., KCPE12345678912). Don’t leave a space between the index number and the exam.
  • After typing the index number and exam, send the message to 20076. An SMS will cost you around 25 Kenya shillings.
  • After successfully sending the details, you will receive an SMS with the candidate’s registration details.
  • Go through the details keenly to make sure they are correct. If you find errors with names, genders, or subjects, inform the school headteacher or principal for assistance.

Grade Six Registration Details:

For those in grade 6, it will be the first time sitting for an exam under the Competency-Based Curriculum abbreviated CBC. This is a new system of education that follows 2–6–3–3 (2 years at the lower primary, 6 years in senior primary, 3 years at the junior secondary, and 3 years in the senior secondary) came to light in 2017. This system will replace the widely practiced 8–4–4 system (8 years in primary school, 4 years in secondary school, and 4 years at the university level).

The CBC system focuses on learners’ outcomes based on their knowledge and skills taught. Due to the high unemployment rate, the ministry of education and relevant bodies decided to change the education system from 8–4–4 to 2–6-3–3, citing the system is mainly focused on grade performance. This was done so that learners can follow their passions instead of being forced to learn skills that don’t match their passions, which in turn makes it harder to get a job.

The SMS platform introduced by KNEC will play an essential role in eliminating double registration and making sure candidates’ details appear correctly on the KNEC database before sitting for exams. It will also simplify the process of editing and submitting the details of candidates with corrections.

About KNEC

(KNEC) Kenya National Examinations Council is Kenya’s national body, established in 1980 and tasked with overseeing exams nationwide. The main functions of KNEC are:

  • Developing national exams
  • Registering candidates
  • Conducting exams and marking
  • Awarding certificates


Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) is done by grade six learners who have been in primary school for six years and are waiting to join junior secondary for three years after successfully passing the exam.

The Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) is done by standard of eight pupils who have been through eight years of learning at the primary level. After successful completion, they will proceed to secondary education.

The Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) is done by form four students at the secondary school level who have been learning for four years. They will proceed to tertiary education depending on the grade attained.

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