KNEC releases 2024 national examinations timetable

Students during a past KCSE examination

The Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) has released this year’s timetable for National Examinations.

In the released timetable, the three-day 2024 Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) for the third cohort of the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) will start on October 28, 2024 with Mathematics and English, then will be followed by Integrated Science and Kiswahili on October 29, 2024, and will end with Creative Arts and Social Studies on October 30, 2024. Below is the 2024 KPSEA timetable.


For the Special Needs candidates following the Stage-Based Pathway will write four papers for their Kenya Intermediate Level Education Assessment (KILEA) starting on October 28 to October 31.

They will do Communication, Social and Literacy Skills, Daily Living Skills and Religious Education, and Sensory Motor Integration and Creative Activities on the first, second and third day which will be conducted concurrently with KPSEA.

And they will finish with Numeracy, Environmental and Psychomotor Activities on October 31. Below is the 2024 KILEA timetable.


For Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE), schools are expected to upload marks for subjects with a Project component by March 31, 2024 for Milestone 1 and July 31, 2024 for Milestone 2.

The candidates will have their rehearsal on October 18, 2024 with oral, practical and foreign papers starting on October 22, 2024 to November 1, 2024.

The examination will commence officially on November 4 with English Paper One Functional Writing being the first session. Chemistry Paper One will be the next in the afternoon.

According to the timetable, first session papers will be held in the morning hours of between 8am to around 10.30am depending the duration of the paper, with a break from 10.30 am to 2am before paving way for second session papers which will be conducted in the afternoon from 2.00pm to around 4pm or 4.30pm.

The examination will end on November 22, 2024 with Physics paper three, Practical. Below is the 2024 KSCE timetable.


KNEC last year introduced a policy whereby examination papers are collected twice a day by the Centre Managers in a bid to curb early exposure of the afternoon papers.

KNEC CEO Dr. David Njengere said that after the first session in the morning, the Centre Managers will return those papers to the container and they will collect the second session paper at 12.30pm and they will be administered at 2pm.

By Education News Reporter

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