CS Matiangi’s surprise release of KCPE 2016 results

By Margaret Kalekye

Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i is expected to release results for the 2016 KCPE examination today at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development.

The ceremony will be held at 11.30am.

952, 472 candidates sat for this year exams under tight security measures to curb exam cheating that was witnessed in the previous years.

The pupils sat for the exam in over 10,000 primary schools across the country.

This is the first time the KCPE examinations are being released before Christmas.

This year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examination was unique with a number of security measures put in place to stop possible cases of exam malpractices.

Among notable changes was the appointment of head teachers and principals as managers of their centers.

Head teachers assumed exam center managers’ role in the 26,308 KCPE centers across the country.

They were also tasked with collecting test materials and returning candidates’ answer scripts to sub-county stores, a role previously reserved for supervisors.

The changes were introduced after it emerged that some school heads had a hand in examination malpractices.

The materials were stored in 346 heavily guarded containers across the country, unlike in the past where they used to be stored in police armories. The use of clipboards and geometrical sets was banned in the test rooms.

More details to follow…………