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Why 2018 national examination results will be out early

By Augustine Oduor | Published Thu, September 6th 2018 at 00:00, Updated September 6th 2018 at 00:00 GMT +3
Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed talks to Education PS Bellio Kipsang after the launch of 2018 KCPE/KCSE examinations. [David Gichuru/Standard]

Results of this year’s national examinations will be out much earlier, compared even to last year when for the first time they were announced before Christmas, it has emerged.

Sources at the Kenya National Examination Council (Knec) revealed that the agency had done several test runs on the modern technology to fast-track the marking process.

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Knec chairman George Magoha hinted at the new development during stakeholders' meeting at Pangani Girls School yesterday.

“We must again prepare to receive results early because of what we have done to Insha and Composition,” Magoha said without elaborating.

He spoke during the official launch of national examinations regional briefings at Pangani Girls, Nairobi.

Prof Magoha said Knec has invested in technology that will enhance marking, tallying and swift relay of results.

This means that KCPE may be released within one week after completion.

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Last year, KCPE results were released November 21 with KCSE released December 20.

Previous years, KCPE results were released just after Christmas and KCSE moved to the following year.

It emerged that the new marking machines – Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) – used for the first time last year, have been fine-tuned to speed marking of Insha and Composition papers.

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“If we want to, we may even release the results after three days,” Magoha said.

Record time

Under the new plan, marked scripts will be scanned though the machines to verify marks in record time, compared to previous years when tallying was done manually.

Optical Mark Recognition is the process of capturing marked data from candidates’ answer sheets using specialised scanning.

Scripts will be marked in batches of 100 and 200 sheets, unlike the previous technology which took many hours.

Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed said reforms introduced into the examinations sector in the past two years had played a pivotal role in improving the whole examinations process.

“National examinations are now more credible than they have ever been, and stand as a reliable measure of the level of achievement of individual candidates,” said Amina.

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The CS said that issues noted in the administration of last year’s examinations have been rectified.


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