The Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) has issued a statement addressing queries and concerns surrounding the recently released 2023 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination results.
The Ministry of Education disclosed the results on Wednesday, 23rd November 2023, for a massive cohort of 1,406,557 candidates.
Subsequent to the release, discrepancies and challenges surfaced, prompting a thorough review and a comprehensive response from KNEC.
Misalignment Issues Resolved
Candidates and schools expressed dissatisfaction with their results, specifically citing anomalies in the received SMS notifications.
Kiswahili marks and grades were misaligned and mistakenly placed under Kenyan Sign Language, while Science and Social Studies & Religious Education grades were truncated, lacking the expected plus (+) and minus (-) signs.
It was clarified that these discrepancies were confined to SMS results due to configuration errors, with the results available on the KNEC portal confirmed as accurate.
The SMS service provider promptly rectified the error following notification from KNEC.
Queries on Low Marks Investigated
KNEC acknowledged queries from candidates, particularly regarding low marks in English and Kiswahili.
After a meticulous review of appeals, said it determined that one hundred and thirty-three (133) candidates were affected.
KNEC took corrective measures, updating the results for the affected candidates to reflect the appropriate adjustments.
Examination Malpractice Allegations Dismissed
A school's widely circulated KCPE results on social media raised suspicions, with all candidates allegedly scoring identical marks of 75 in Science.
KNEC said it conducted a thorough investigation, examining results, reports from examination centres, and anonymous letters.
KNEC's conclusion was clear – no evidence of examination malpractices was found. Given the multiple-choice nature of the Science paper, the identical marks were deemed plausible without constituting adequate evidence for sanctions.
Advice to Candidates
In light of these developments, Dr. David Njengere, Chief Executive Officer of KNEC, advised candidates to visit their respective schools and collect official provisional results slips.
Njengere urged candidates to promptly raise any queries for result reviews within the stipulated 30-day period.
This emphasizes the importance of thorough scrutiny and verification of individual results to ensure accuracy and fairness in the evaluation process.
As the examination season unfolds, KNEC remains committed to addressing concerns, upholding the integrity of the examination system, and ensuring that the results accurately reflect the capabilities of the candidates.