, NAIROBI, Kenya Feb 28 – Results for the 2013 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations will now be released on Monday, March 3 and not Tuesday as earlier announced by the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC).
The council did not however give the reasons for the change of date.
“Due to unavoidable circumstances, the release of the 2013 KCSE examination results has been brought forward to March 3, 2014,” a KNEC announcement simply said.
The release of the results will be presided over by Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi at Mitihani House, Nairobi as earlier announced.
The 446,969 candidates who sat the examination in 7,606 centres countrywide will be able to access their results via a Short Message Service (SMS) and on www.knec.ac.ke immediately after the release.
“To access the 2013 KCSE examination results, send the candidate’s index number to 22252,” an earlier announcement from KNEC indicated.
Those whose results have been cancelled on suspicion of cheating will be notified through writing.
“School heads are expected to inform candidates and parents/guardians whose results have been withheld or cancelled to avoid a situation where they travel all the way to the council.”
Once the results are released, candidates will have until April 4 to appeal for remarking or to raise any discrepancies in the results.
“Upon receipt of the examination results, thoroughly scrutinise the results for correctness and ensure accuracy of, the names, index number and gender; school name and code; and individual subjects,” the council urged.
While 10,620 more candidates sat the KCSE examination in 2013 than 2012, there were numerous reported cases of exam cheating.
KNEC Chief Executive Officer Paul Wasanga announced the arrest of 20 university students and three principals in connection with exam cheating during the 2013 examination.
The timely release of the results had been threatened by teachers who said they would not mark the papers due to poor conditions in marking centres and poor pay but this was eventually resolved.