The 2023 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) candidates will get their exam results early before Christmas.
This was revealed by Basic Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang on Wednesday who also said the marking of the exams will start immediately.
Already airlifting of the exam papers to Nairobi for marking from far flung regions started yesterday after the papers were received at the exam containers.
In a statement, Kipsang also said that the Grade 6 learners who sat for their Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) will get their results which will be ready same time as KCPE.
However the PS said they will give more priority to the marking and releasing results for the KCPE candidates to allow early preparation for transition to Form 1 next year.
“Because of the work that is pending, our children have to report to school in January, we will have to prioritise KCPE,” said PS Kipsang.
He added that the parents will also be appraised on the schools their children will be admitted to before Christmas festivities.
“As we move to secondary schools, we have slightly less than 11,000 centers, So in terms of deployment, it might be better than what we experienced in primary schools,” noted the PS.
While making his remarks, Kipsang stated that the government will pull out all stops to ensure that the exam papers are marked and released within the stipulated timeframe.
He added that during the marking, there will be two shifts to ensure that the process is smooth and goes according to plan.
The KCPE and KPSEA exams began on October 30, 2023, and were completed on November 1, 2023.
KCPE Candidates did seven papers. These are Mathematics, English, English Composition, Science, Kiswahili, Kiswahili Insha and Social Studies.
KPSEA Candidates did five papers. These are Mathematics, English, Integrated Science, Kiswahili, Creative Arts and Social Studies.
At least 1,415,315 candidates sat for the KCPE exams while a total of 1,282,574 candidates sat for their KPSEA assessments.
This was the last KCPE exam to be done in the country after 38 years with the government keen on moving towards a more practical education curriculum.