MARKING ONGOING

KCPE results out on April 20, says CS Magoha

Marking of the multiple choice questions through a computerised system has been concluded.

In Summary
  • Magoha on Tuesday while in Kisumu said currently the marking of Insha and Composition exams is ongoing, adding that everything has been smooth.
  • Some 1,181,725 candidates sat the exam, which is an increase from 1,083,456 learners who sat the 2019 exam.
Education CS George Magoha in Kisumu on Tuesday
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Education CS George Magoha oversees the opening of a KCSE container in Kisumu
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Education CS George Magoha has said the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education exam results will be released in two weeks.

The 2020 KCPE exam started on March 22 and ended on March 24, with rehearsals having been done on March 19.

Some 1,181,725 candidates sat the exam, marking an increase from 1,083,456 learners who sat the 2019 exam.

Magoha on Tuesday while in Kisumu said currently the marking of Insha and Composition exams is ongoing, adding that everything has been smooth without any problem.

The CS noted that the marking of the multiple choice questions through a computerised system has been concluded.

Since 2017, Knec has been using a hybrid marking system with manual and electronic elements.

Electronic detection of answers on candidates' answer sheets covers five subjects with multiple choices—Mathematics, English, Kiswahili, Science, Social Studies and Religious Education. Optical mark recognition machines acquired in 2017 are used.

However, Kiswahili Insha and English Composition are marked by contracted teachers.

“We had scheduled that in the inside of the next two weeks, the results should be out. Should there be any change or any particular reason, we will let you know,” he said.

Magoha noted that they are on track even as they do this at a time there is restriction of movement to contain the spread of Covid-19 announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The CS noted that this year might be the best with only a few irregularities witnessed across the country. He noted that so far only 15 people had been arrested and 15 phones confiscated.

"The only thing is rather than to allow the students stay away while the police are doing their investigations, we want to give them the benefit of the doubt and, as you remember, the directive given by President is that all students should sit exams and we must follow that," he said.

Magoha noted that the phones content will be thoroughly examined and necessary action will be taken against the culprits should they find any content of examination materials in them.

Edited by Henry Makori

Inspection ongoing before KCSE exams at Kisumu Girls High School on Tuesday
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