• Machogu while speaking on Tuesday in Nairobi said the exam that was conducted between October 30 and November 1 was concluded well.
• During the release of last year's KCPE results, Machogu said there were 252 cases of exam malpractice.
Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu has said no cheating occurred during the 2023 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education exams save for six cases of attempted cheating.
Machogu while speaking on Tuesday in Nairobi said the exam that was conducted between October 30 and November 1 was concluded well.
"There were no cases of cheating. No cases of any kind of malpractice. We only had six cases which were only attempts to cheat. Out of 1,415,315 candidates, the only cases that we had were six," he said.
During the release of last year's KCPE results, Machogu said there were 252 cases of exam malpractice.
He said the candidates were caught engaging in the vice across nine examination centres.
The candidates were not awarded any marks in the subjects they engaged in malpractices, the CS said then.
"Overall, there were 252 candidates in nine examination centres who were found to have engaged in malpractices. These candidates have been scored zero in subjects where they engaged in malpractices. Nonetheless, the affected students' overall marks will be computed less the mark awarded in the affected subject,” he said while releasing the results on December 21, 2022.
The learners, however, received their results as the ministry was targeting a 100 per cent transition to secondary school.
Meanwhile, Machogu said learners who sat this year's KCPE exams will know their results before the end of next week noting that marking of the exam papers is already complete.
"We have done the marking and it is finished and we are going to release the KCPE exams anytime next week and most likely we will also be able to conduct the Form One placement before Christmas so that they can be joining Form One by at least the third week of January," Machogu said.
He said early release of the results will allow parents ample time to look for resources for form one admission.
While noting that the ministry aims to deliver credible results, Machogu revealed that marking of KCSE will start after the end of the exam exercise.
For KCSE which is ending this week, Machogu noted that there are 903,260 candidates.
He said this year, the ministry took extra caution to ensure exam malpractices are not reported including increasing containers and distribution centres countrywide.