Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has revealed that the marking of the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examinations started two days ago and may be concluded in the next two weeks.
Speaking in Kamukunji, Magoha indicated that marking began on the first day of the examinations and that this year’s exercise will be completed and released in record time.
Since 2017, The Examination Council has been using a hybrid marking system with manual and electronic detection of answers for questions with multiple choices while Kiswahili Insha and English Composition being marked by contracted teachers.
Today (Wednesday) was the last day of the three-day-examination period with candidates sitting for their social studies and religious education papers.
Notable moments in KCPE 2021
On the first day, candidates sitting the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exams in two different schools were forced to abandon the national test after gunmen launched attacks near the examination centres.
A group of armed bandits launched attacks in Kapkusum in Muchongoi, Baringo County.
On the very first day, Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) officials were forced to intervene after it emerged that some Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) candidates at Lugari Primary School, in Kakamega County were unregistered.
This forced the officials to made a quick decision of photocopying examination papers for the 23 students who were affected and had already settled in the examination room.
In Kirinyaga County the headteacher of Rurii Primary School John Mwangi was arrested after he refused to admit a student to the examination room over fee arrears.
After the intervention of the police and other ministry officials, the student was allowed to sit for the papers.
Investigations launched and preliminary reports indicating that the teacher will be charged with violating the learner’s right to education.
A few days to the examination day, Stella Vaati whose name means luck lost her sight, reportedly due to a tumour in her brain.
The Kisole Primary School pupil in Mwingi Central is now blind and has to rely on the help of her mother in all that she does.
“She has been complaining of a constant headache in the recent past. I used to buy her pain killers but when the pain persisted I brought her to the hospital,” says Kathini Maluki, the girl’s mother.