Education CS Prof George Magoha at a past event.
Education CS Prof George Magoha at a past event.

Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha is set to release the 2019 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination results today; from 3.00pm. This has been confirmed by the Kenya National Examinations Council, KNEC. The ceremony to release the results has already began.

“Education CS George Magoha to release the KCSE 2019 results today, Wednesday, December 18th, at KNEC grounds on Denis Pritt at 3pm,” says a presser from KNEC.

The Council has however not given details on what occasioned the delay in the release of the results; which were expected in the morning hours. Invited guests had arrived at KNEC offices as early as 8.00a.m; today.

This year’s results come three days earlier than last year, whose results were announced on Friday December 21, 2019.

As was the case last year, during the KCSE results’ releasing ceremony, the CS is expected to give the names of the most improved students and list of top candidates in the 2019 exams. The CS will also give a breakdown of the candidates per grade.

Other details that may be given by the CS include: An analysis of the candidates who sat the exams (in terms of gender and age among others) and performance in the subjects.

A total of 699,745 candidates sat for this year’s KCSE examinations.
In the year 2015, 937,467pupils sat for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education, KCPE, examinations. Out of this number, only 699,745 have done their KCSE exams in 2019, meaning 237,722 learners were lost somewhere along the way.

Exam Malpractice

Of recent, Biology has been one of the subjects that has given candidates nightmares, if performance in the subject is something to go by.

Focus will also be on the cases of exam irregularities. Last year, 2018, the Kenya National Examination Council, KNEC, was forced to cancell results for 3,427 candidates who were involved in exam malpractices.

Among counties that were adversely reported to have engaged in exam malpractice were; West Pokot, Kericho, Machakos, Kisii, Narok, Elgeyo Marakwet, Bungoma, Kisumu, Isiolo, Turkana, Mandera, Garissa and Mandera.

The council had found glaring collusion among affected candidates including identical errors in calculation, correct responses after incorrect working, identical choice of words, similar correction by a group of candidates.

The candidates had similar values to those of their teachers in practical exams, a group of candidates had identical readings in practical exams and others copied values directly from textbooks.

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