Millions of the 2021 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination candidates are set to receive their results today.
Education Cabinet Secretary (CS) Prof George Magoha last week assured that the results were ready and will be released, depending on President Uhuru Kenyatta’s diary.
“In terms of KCPE results, we are working with Monday or Tuesday according to the President’s diary,” said Magoha.
As has been the norm, the CS has to present the results to the President before they are released to the public.
A total of 1.2 million candidates sat their KCPE examination from March 7 – 9 and will be expected to join secondary schools in about a month’s time.
Only the English Composition and Kiswahili Insha are marked manually while the rest of the papers, which are multiple choices are marked through Optical Mark Recognition (OMR).
The CS said it is important for the KCPE examination candidates to know how they have performed as it also gives parents time to plan for their children to join Form 1.
“I want to sympathise with our parents who have done an extremely good job during the pandemic, which they did not bring themselves and thank the teachers for allowing children who are unable to complete their fees to do their exams,” said the CS.
The CS is also expected to announce the dates for Form One selection as well dates for them to report to secondary schools. The government has assured that the 100 per cent transition policy from primary to secondary schools will be fully implemented, as has been the norm.
The 2022 academic year is expected to commence on April 25 while the normal school calendar will resume next year.
Already, Equity Bank has announced another phase of the Wings to Fly scholarships, which covers beneficiaries’ four years of secondary schooling.
In this phase, 2,000 learners from needy backgrounds will benefit from full scholarships through the Wings to Fly program in the 2022/23 Form One selection cycles.
The 2,000 scholarships will be distributed over the next two Form One intakes to coincide with the last cohorts of 8-4-4 system of education, after which the country fully transitions to the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC).
The 2021 academic year had 10,705 slots for scholarship programs but received over 114,000 applications, the highest demonstrated level of need.
Last year, the government ordered strict adherence to reduced secondary school fees, owing to revised calendar.