The Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) has appointed Educationist Dr. David Njengere as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Dr. Njengere's appointment was confirmed by KNEC Chairman Prof John Onsati who noted that he’ll be serving for a period of 5 years, effective July 1, 2021.

Prior to his appointment, Njengere served as an advisor to Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Education.

Dr. Njengere will replace Dr. Mercy Karogo who was appointed acting KNEC CEO in 2016.

Dr. Karogo was appointed to restore the credibility of national exams after it emerged that the examination system in the country had been compromised.


Newly appointed KNEC CEO Dr David Njengere. [Photo: Courtesy]

She was appointed alongside Prof George Magoha who was named KNEC Chair, but later transferred to the Education Ministry as Cabinet Secretary.

Under Karogo’s leadership, KNEC made a series of changes to the examination system thus reducing leakages during national exams.

Some of the key measures that were introduced include enhanced security features on examination papers, increased physical security, and changed the exam storage system.

During the debut of the new measures, grades dropped drastically, forcing the Ministry of Education to reduce University entry grade to C+.

As Dr Njengere takes over, education stakeholders are hoping that he’ll maintain the same standard and ensure protect the integrity and sanity of national exams.