The Ministry of Education has announced plans to release the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examination results by the end of November.
According to the Ministry, the exams would be released in a couple of weeks to allow placement of form one student before Christmas.
According to the PS for Basic Education Dr Belio Kipsang, marking for KCPE had kicked off with the results expected out in a couple of weeks to allow parents time to prepare..
Speaking after visiting Naivasha Girls Secondary School, the PS lauded headteachers for the work they had done during the national exams.
“We expect the results out early so that placement of students in form one can be done before Christmas so that parents have ample time to prepare,” he said.
At least 1,415,315 candidates sat for the KCPE exams while a total of 1,282,574 candidates sat for their KPSEA assessments.
The KCPE and KPSEA exams began on October 30, 2023, and were completed on November 1, 2023.
KCPE candidates did Mathematics, English, English Composition, Kiswahili, Kiswahili Insha, Science and Social Studies.
The marking of the Insha and Composition papers will be done manually by examiners.
However the marking of multiple-choice questions (transcripts) will be done by the modern Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) which electronically scores the papers.
The OMR captures marked data from candidates’ answer sheets using specialised scanning.
The machines work with a dedicated scanning device that shines a beam of light on the paper.
The contrasting reflection at predetermined positions on a page is used to detect marked areas as they reflect less light than the blank areas of the paper.
With the new machines, scripts are marked in batches of 100 and 200 sheets, unlike the previous technology, which took hours.