President Uhuru Kenyatta’s diary will now determine when KCPE examination results would be released after marking ended at the weekend.
Sources at the Kenya National Examination Council (Knec) hinted that processing of the results for the more than one million candidates is complete, and may be out anytime this week.
All the 7,000 examiners who marked Kiswahili Insha and English Composition are set to exit the various marking centers after handing the results to Knec for release.
It’s now up to Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha and the exam council to ratify and make the results ready for release. “What we can confirm is that the marking is complete, processing and polishing of the same is also done. It now depends on ministry officials and Knec to decide the next stages,” said a senior examiner.
The revelation comes as all written KCSE examinations are set to end this week with marking already underway.
Some 26,597 examiners have been invited to mark the KCSE examinations.
This week, candidates will sit Physics, General Science, History and Government, Agriculture, Geography and Business Studies. Prof Magoha said release of KCPE and KCSE examination results will be done before Christmas.
“Why do we have to keep them when they are ready?” said Magoha. “Before Christmas the children will know the schools they will be joining so that parents can start preparing earlier.”
Inside sources revealed that the council is expected to meet by Tuesday to approve the results of the 1,088,986 candidates who sat KCPE that ended on October 31.
If the past dates for KCPE results release is anything to go by, then candidates should be ready to receive their results anytime from Wednesday.
Last year, the results were released on November 19. And in 2017, KCPE results were released on November 21.
Knec Chief Executive Officer Mercy Karogo said last month that the marking and release of the results will end by November 20.
Prof Magoha said in a past interview that delay in releasing results was occasioned by the manual marking and tallying of the Kiswahili Insha and English composition papers.