Frequently Asked Questions

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A written test is given at the school level for a student to qualify to represent their school in a bee.

The bee requires composure under pressure and public speaking.

The top 3 participants from each participating school proceed to the Sub-County Championships.

The top 3 participants from each County will proceed to the National Championship.

No. This is what is called an “open” championship, learners in classes 5-8 compete together.

No. This is what is called an “open” championship, learners in classes 5-8 compete together.

This is an open, national championship, so all Kenyan schools are eligible to participate.

No. A pupil can only register for the bee through their school.

Encourage your teacher(s) or headmaster to register.

Yes, word lists can be downloaded from the KNSB website.

All of the words used in the championship can be found in the Oxford Advanced Learners English Dictionary and the Kenya National Spelling Bee Manual.

No, but the program has been authorized and is monitored by the Ministry of Education.

The Kenya National Spelling Bee qualifier test and a gift hamper.

Yes, every child is a winner, we promote participation with a focus on learning.

Yes, we welcome and encourage everyone to attend and show support for the children’s effort.

The championship will be held during school holidays. The exact dates will be communicated immediately after the registration ends.

Gift hampers will be dispatched to schools immediately after the registration deadline.

No. The fee only applies to each pupil in Class 5 to Class 8.

Yes, participating schools will each get several 2018 Spelling Bee Manuals (containing syllabus content from all the subjects) where the words for the championship will be derived from.

No. Schools are supposed to give their pupils the KNSB qualifier test to get their best 3 spellers.

All pupils in Class 5 to Class 8 should register. Remember each pupil who registers gets the 2018 KNSB qualifier test and a gift hamper.

All the registration fees should be remitted to the KNSB M-Pesa pay-bill number or bank account as provided in the registration form.

Teachers of the top 3 pupils at the County level will each win laptops while teachers of the top 3 pupils at the National level will win cash prizes worth KSH 900,000.

Judges are English teachers who have been carefully selected and trained for the championship by KNSB. They are selected from a locality far away from the spelling bee location.