The results of the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations will be released in the next few days as marking was completed on Friday.
The exercise ended at 19 centres in Nairobi and its environs, setting the stage for analysis of the results which could be released before the end of the week.
On Friday, several examiners left the centres with top leaders of the Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) moving from one to another to monitor the analysis, which had already begun.
Marking started immediately after the examinations at centres including Mang’u, St Georges Girls’, Buruburu Girls’, State House Girls’ and Thika.
It took place under tight security and strict supervision by Knec officials led by chairman George Magoha.
Examiners who participated in the exercise said it was not as tough as last year’s since they had enough time to mark. Those who made simple mistakes were kicked out.
“The marking started at 6am and went on until 9pm. An examiner was required to mark at least 100 scripts,” said one who did not want to be named.
The examiner said the results are likely to be issued before December 20. Last year’s results were announced on this date.
Ministry of Education officials have remained guarded on when exactly the results will be released but say it will be before Christmas.
“The leadership of the country (President Uhuru Kenyatta) will announce the date,” Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed said at Nairobi School, when she witnessed the sealing of the last paper.
The 2018 examinations were the 29th since the introduction of 8-4-4 system of education.
A total of 664,585 candidates wrote the tests which began on November 5 and ended on November 28.
The candidates were examined in 31 subjects which made up a total of 76 papers. They were required to write tests in a minimum of seven and a maximum of nine subjects.
The students will be eyeing close to 100,000 slots in 70 public and private universities in the country while those who won’t make the cut point will likely join technical colleges.
They wrote their examinations in 10,077 centres across the country, with a total of 83,711 field officers being involved.
During the examinations, there were 10,078 centre managers, 10,460 supervisors, 37,978 invigilators, 20,156 security personnel and 5,039 drivers.