This is all you need to know about the KCPE Exams; How to download the results and other important guidelines

The Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha has today released the 2019 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education, KCPE, results. According to the released results, Andy Michael Munyiri is the top candidate. Here are the top candidates:

    1. Andy Michael Munyiri- 440
    2. Flavian Onyango- 439
    3. June Cheptoo Koech- 439
    4. Sean Ndung’u- 439

2019 KCPE Exams’ General Performance:

  • 401-500 Marks: 9,770 Candidates
  • 301-400 Marks: 243,320 Candidates
  • 201-300 Marks: 586,886 Candidates
  • 101-200 Marks: 262,307 Candidates
  • 000-100 Marks: 1,173 Candidates

Here are the Highlights from the release of the 2019 KCPE Results:

  • TOTAL NUMBER OF CANDIDATES: 1,088,986 Candidates wrote the exam; with 543,000 being boys
  • CONTRACTED PROFESSIONALS: 5,795 Examiners were contracted to mark English Composition and Kiswahili Insha.
  • EXAMINERS WHO LOST LIVES: 3 Examiners lost lives in line of duty.
  • NUMBER OF TEACHERS TO BE INVESTIGATED: 56 Teachers on spotlight over exam malpractices
  •  EXAM LEAKAGES: None of Exam papers leaked.
  • PREGNANCIES: Parents urged to spend time with their children.’ The behaviour of young angels being impregnated by hyenas must stop’.
  • 100% TRANSITION: All children will secure a place in secondary schools.
  • SCHOOLS’ INFRASTRUCTURE: 8 billion set aside to improve infrastructure in primary and secondary schools.
  • FORM ONE 2020 SCHOLARSHIPS: 9,000 scholarships set aside for slum children.
  • GRADE 4 BOOKS: By 17th of December grade 4 textbooks will be availed in schools.
  • FORM ONE SELECTION: Form 1 selection to end by 2nd of December.
  • COUNTIES WITH MORE FEMALES THAN BOYS: 18 Counties registered more female candidates than boys in the 2019 KCPE exams.
  • COUNTIES WITH HIGH CANDIDATURE: Nairobi, Kakamega and Nakuru; respectively.
  • COUNTIES WITH LOW CANDIDATURE: Lamu, Isiolo and Samburu; respectively.
  • IMPROVED SUBJECTS: English, Kenya Sign Language and Religious Education.
  • HOW TO RECEIVE RESULTS: Send SMS to 20076 in the format; INDEXNUMBERKCPE. Do not leave a space in between and write the word KCPE in Capital Letters.



This is the most effective and fastest way of checking for the results. To get KCPE results 2019 by SMS a candidate is required to send an SMS with your Index Number to 20076. The service is viable for all the three network providers in the country Safaricom, Airtel and Telkom networks. Send the SMS in the Format: IndexNumberKCPE; Do not leave a space between Your index number and KCPE. Write KCPE in capital letters.

The cost of each SMS is Sh.25.


Every year the Kenya National Examinations Council, KNEC, administers national examinations for thousands of Candidates in Primary and Secondary Schools. The Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) is an exam administered by Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) to mark the end of secondary education level. This exam is usually administered during the month of November and results released before the end of the year. For class 8 candidates, they sit for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education, KCPE, exams.

Marking of the Exams

The KCSE and KCPE exams are marked by trained examiners. The exams are marked at designated marking centres in Nairobi and its environs. This is a rigorous exercise and is closely monitored by the Council and the Government at large. Part of the KCPE scripts (Composition and Insha) are marked by examiners while the other multiple choice exams are marked by fast Optical Mark Recognition Scanners (OMR).

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Results Analysis and Release

After marking is done, the next step is to collate and analyze the students’ scores. Once computation is over, the results are presented to the Education Cabinet Secretary who first briefs the President before releasing the results to the public in a televised event.

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Checking Results

Candidates who sat for the exam can check their results using three ways:

  • Using  KNEC SMS code 20076
  • Using an online KNEC portal
  • Visiting respective school 


This is the most effective and fastest way of checking for the results. To get KCSE results 2019 by SMS a candidate is required to send an SMS with your Index Number to 20076. The service is viable for all the three network providers in the country Safaricom, Airtel and Telkom networks.

The cost of each SMS is Sh.25.

NB: Candidates must wait for official release of the results before sending an SMS.

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To use this method to check 2019 results you only need to remember your index number and access your mobile phone or computer Here is the procedure:

  • Visit the Official KNEC website (
  • Check  for the KCSE/ KCPE Results tab, click on it
  • Select the year you sat for the Exams
  • Enter your Index number.
  • Finally click the Submit button.
  • Your KCSE/ KCPE results should show on the screen after a while.

Finally, candidates can check their KCSE 2019 results by visiting  their former schools a day after the official release of the exam.

Important Notes on Release Of Examinations Results

It is important to note the following concerning the KCSE/ KCPE results released by KNEC;

Examination Results Slips and Printouts

Each of the institutions that enter candidates for the KNEC examinations shall receive a hard copy of the institution’s examination results printout and result slips which captures the following information:

  • Institution’s Code and Name

This appears on the top left side of the printout. The institution’s code is a unique number by which an examination centre is identified by the Council. This is the number that an institution should always quote whenever communicating with KNEC.

  • Candidates Details

Below the institution’s name and code are details of the candidates. These details include the index number of the candidate, year of examination, gender, individual subject grades and the mean grade.


The important features of the examination results are as indicated below:-

  • X – denotes an absent candidate. A candidate is declared absent if he/she did not sit for one or all papers in the examination. However, for the KCPE examination results, the symbol AB indicates an absence;
  • Y- denotes that the candidate was involved in an examination irregularity. For the KCPE examination results, the symbol 00 indicates an irregularity;
  • P- denotes that the candidate’s examination results have been pended due to infringement on the entry requirements for the examination e.g. incorrect KCPE details for entry in KCSE examination;
  • W- denotes that the candidate’s examination results have been withheld on suspicion that the candidate has been involved in an examination malpractice and investigations are ongoing;
  • U- denotes ungraded examination results due to infringement of the awards criteria.

Mean Grade Award Descriptions

  • Mean grade will be X, if a candidate is absent in all subjects
  • Mean grade will be Y, if one or more subjects are cancelled.
  • Mean grade will be U, if the entry requirements for the KCSE examination are not met
  • Mean grade will be CRNM, if the course requirements for the Teacher education, Business and Technical examinations are not met
  • Mean grade will be P, if results are pended
  • Mean grade will be W, if the examination results are withheld;

The details of pended, withheld and irregularities are communicated to the institution through the Sub County Director of Education at the time of release of the examination results and are received by the institutions at the same time with the examination results.

Release Of Certificates

Once certificates for a specific examination are ready for collection/dispatch from KNEC, the institutions shall be informed through the mass and print media, Sub County Directors of Education and/or the heads of institutions.

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All certificates for regular candidates are issued through the Heads of Schools/Institutions and to private candidates through the Sub County Directors of Education.
The Kenya National Examinations Council reserves the right to withdraw a certificate for amendment or for any other reason should this be necessary.
Upon the release of KCPE and KCSE examinations, the candidates can access their results through SMS number provided during the official release of results. The KCPE candidates are expected to access their result slips through the KNEC website immediately after release of the examination in their respective schools.

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