The idea of establishing a national examinations board in accountancy and company secretarial practice could be traced back to 1964, when a committee under the chairmanship of Mr. A. L. Adu, the then Secretary General of the East African Community, recommended that plans should be initiated towards the establishment of an East African qualification in accountancy.Subsequently, in April 1968, a regional seminar on training for public administrators in East, Central and Southern Africa was held at the Kenya Institute of Administration(KIA) with the support of the Commonwealth Foundation. Participants at the seminar recommended the establishment of both national examination boards in their respective countries, and a regional examinations board which was to act as the co-ordinator on syllabuses and qualifications among the member countries. These countries were Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Lesotho, Botswana and Swaziland.
Kenya was among the first countries that moved to establish its national examinations board in accountancy and company secretarial practice, KASNEB, in 1969. Others were Malawi and Tanzania. However, the other regional countries did not move as fast in establishing their national examination boards, and the idea of a regional board lost steam.
However, as countries in eastern and southern Africa move towards economic,political and social integration, it is hoped that the issue of the regional examinations board will be revived.
The Early Years of Kasneb
24TH JULY 1969
KASNEB was inaugurated on 24 July 1969, with Mr. Stanley Nyagah as the Honorary Secretary. It started its operations from a one roomed office at the then location of the Kenya Institute of Administration in Lower Kabete, where the School of Business of the University of Nairobi is now based
Kasneb in The 70's
Mr. Stanley Nyagah served as Honorary Secretary until 1970, when he handed over to Mr. Gardner Johnston. Mr. Johnston initially served as Honorary Secretary until 1974, when he became the full time Secretary and Chief Executive. KASNEB administered three examinations initially, namely
the Accounts Clerks examination [renamed Accounts Clerks National Certificate (ACNC) examination in 1972], Certified Public Accountants (CPA) examination and the Certified Public Secretaries (CPS) examination. The first examinations were held in March 1970 with 52 candidates sitting for the Accounts Clerks examination, and a total of 89 candidates sitting for the CPA and CPS examinations.
Committed and loyal
The first Kasneb Employees;
Mr. E.K. Gitau (standing, second right) poses with his staff during the early years.Mrs Catherine T. Chomba (seated, far left) and Miss Nancy K. Kariuki (seated, centre)
KASNEB is today staffed by highly qualified, competent, committed and motivated staff providing dedicated service in various divisions and
departments including finance, marketing, management information systems, examinations and human resources management and administration.
Our offices over the years
Mamujee House: The third home of KASNEB
Development House: The fourth home of KASNEB
Settled at last: The magnificent KASNEB Towers
The Accountants Act, Cap 531 was instrumental in laying the legal foundation of the accountancy profession in Kenya. As earlier noted, lack of legal recognition and protection of KASNEB and its qualifications was one of the major challenges that faced KASNEB prior to 1977.
kasneb Towers, Off Hospital Road
P.O. Box 41362 00100