Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has revealed that the 2021 KCPE results will be released on Monday, March 28, or Tuesday, March 29.
Magoha made the revelation on Wednesday, March 23, when he opened KCSE exam container at Kibra, Nairobi.
The minister says the results will be announced after President Uhuru Kenyatta gives him the go-ahead to do so on Monday or Tuesday next week.
“We have completed marking of the exam. We are now finalising the tallying and verification of the results before they can be certified as ready for release,” he said.
This year the council registered 1,225,507 candidates in 28,316 KCPE examination centres as compared to 1,191,752 candidates in 28,467 centres in 2020.
This reflects an increase of 33,755 representing 2.75 per cent.
KCPE exam centres were served from 491 distribution centres.
The marking of multiple-choice questions were made easier by the acquisition of the modern Optical Mark Recognition which electronically scores the papers.
The OMR captures marked data from candidates’ answer sheets using specialised scanning.
The machines work with a dedicated scanning device that shines a beam of light on the paper.
The contrasting reflection at predetermined positions on a page is used to detect marked areas as they reflect less light than the blank areas of the paper.
With the new machines, scripts are marked in batches of 100 and 200 sheets , unlike the previous technology, which took hours.
The OMR machines are also used to speed up the tallying of Kiswahili Insha and English Composition marks, which were previously done manually by examiners. The two papers are still marked manually.
However, tallying of marks is no longer done through physical counts.
After marking the Insha and Composition scripts, the examiners will pass over the papers to the new machine, which will do the electronic tallying of marks in record time.
Candidates, teachers and parents have been advised to remain calm as they await for their results.
Candidates, parents and teachers have been warned from unpleasing behaviors such as committing suicide, severe punishment among others.
How to Check Results
In order to get KCPE results for 2021 by SMS, send an SMS with your index number followed by the initials KCPE to 20076 for safaricom, Airtel and Orange networks. For example, county code followed by school code then your index number. i.e XXYYYYYYYYZZZwhere xx is the county code, yyyyyyyy is the school code and zzz is your index number.
Within seconds, a feedback bearing your results in all subjects will be displayed on your phone.