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Marking process of the 2019 KCSE exams

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: Andy Michael Munyiri- 440 Flavian Onyango- 439 June Cheptoo Koech- 439 Sean Ndung'u- 439 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. The 2019 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exam results have been released. Andy Munyiri is the top candidate. Here are the top candiates: Andy Michael Munyiri- 440 Flavian Onyango- 439 June Cheptoo Koech- 439 Sean Ndung'u- 439 HOW TO RECEIVE THE 2019 KCPE RESULTS CHECKING KCPE 2019 RESULTS USING SMS CODE 20076 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. Send the SMS in the Format: IndexNumberKCPE. The cost of each SMS is Sh.25. CHECKING KCPE 2019 RESULTS USING KNEC ONLINE PORTAL To use this method to check 2018 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 (knec.ac.ke) Check  for the KCSE Results tab, click on it Select the year you sat for the Exams Enter your Index number. Finally click the Submit button. Your KCSE results should show on the screen after a while. Visiting former Primary School Finally, candidates can check their KCSE 2019 results by visiting  their former schools a day after the official release of the exam. Downloading full School's Results Download the full centre’s results, after they have been announced, at: http://www.knec-portal.ac.ke Also read: Click here to Visit the TSC portal for all information related to teachers and TSC   Education news portal: Click here to get all news from the Education Sector For information related to KNEC, KCSE, KCPE, P1 Exams; click here KUCCPS portal; Click to get all information on Colleges, university students and Polytechnics, TVETs Looking for news on the Higher Education Loans Board, HELB? 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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. 2. 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: 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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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.

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Marking of the Exams

The KCSE 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.

The marking process for all papers is the same. This is the detailed process:


The Council invites trained examiners (teacher) who apply for the marking exercise; online. Once selected, the examiners then download the invitation letters that spell out the terms of engagement. On the invitation letters are the reporting dates and marking centres; Examiners report to the centres on the stated dates. First to report are the subject specialists followed by Chief Examiners, Assistant Chief Examiners, Team Leaders and then the examiners.

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The scheme which is already made and has been ratified by the marking top brass team is then co-ordinated to accommodate all possible answers. Examiners take time to come up with all possible answers.


Dummies are copies of student’s scripts whose identity is concealed. They are made to enable examiners to internalize the marking scheme. Each examiner marks his/her dummy and the results recorded. After discussing the answers for each question, deviations are recorded. The dummies marked are usually more than ten.


The belt system is applied during the marking of KCSE scripts. Examiners are divided to various rooms. Various factors are considered including region and experience. Each room forms about 4 teams of 6 examiners each. A room is led by an assistant examiner and each team has a team leader.


A live script is the candidate’s real work. Examiners carry boxes from script rooms and return them in the evening. The exercise is such involving.
A single script is marked by 6 examiners. The team reader checks 10% of scripts marked by remarking with a green pen. The Assistant chief also does the same. These minimizes deviations.

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The examiners use red pen to check each paper weather all questions are marked and transferred correctly. It is involving too.


Some will wonder about these terms. It just means checking totals for each question and the final total. This is to ensure that the correct scores are recorded.


The marks are carefully entered in mark sheets provided by KNEC.


Computer generated mark sheets are again returned to the examiners. The marks are confirmed by reading each script against the marks recorded.


The examiners in each room write a report about the marking process. The report is presented to KNEC.

Once all is done and KNEC is satisfied that the marking process is complete, the examiners are cleared and released from the marking centres.

The council then takes over the remaining process of moderation, grading, analysis and releasing of results to candidates.

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