Education CS to release KCSE results today

Thursday March 3 2016

Candidates at Moi Girls High School in Eldoret doing their Biology Paper 1 KCSE exam on October 15, 2015. The Education CS Fred Matiang'i will release KCSE 2015 exam results on March 3, 2016. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Candidates at Moi Girls High School in Eldoret doing their Biology Paper 1 KCSE exam on October 15, 2015. The Education CS Fred Matiang'i will release KCSE 2015 exam results on March 3, 2016. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By OUMA WANZALA
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Last year’s Form Four examination candidates will get their results Thursday. 

A total of 525,802 sat their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams last year, an 8.3 per cent increase from 485,547 the previous year. 

Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i will release the results at the Kenya National Examination Council offices in Nairobi.

The candidates had a short preparation period as teachers were on strike for five weeks over a 50-60 per cent salary increase awarded by the Labour Court in June last year.

IRREGULARITIES

On Tuesday, the Senate Committee on Education said it was concerned about the results, given the massive irregularities reported during the examinations.

“The examination was characterised by a lot of cheating. We saw it, heard about it and read about it,” said committee chairman Daniel Karaba during a meeting with Dr Matiang’i on Tuesday.

However, Dr Matiang’i declined to discuss the results, saying the senators should wait until today to hear what the ministry plans to do to end the cheating.

He said the ministry and Knec had come up with a system to fight the vice.

“I will deliver the statement and all other policy issues on Thursday. So, allow me not to pre-empt what I will say on this,” he added.

Nearly 50 students, teachers, university students and police officers were arrested and 30 mobile phones confiscated from candidates.

In several incidents, some candidates managed to get the examination materials days or hours before the tests were done.

“I will not run away from the issue of ranking schools, but will address it on Thursday,” said the CS, when senators noted that lack of ranking had compromised quality.

Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa has since tabled a Bill in Parliament, which seeks to reintroduce the ranking of schools in the national exams, which was banned two years ago.