The Kenya Certificate of Primary Education results for 2013 will be released today at Mitihani House in Nairobi. The Kenya National Examinations Council communications manager Fridah Were yesterday said everything has been put in place for the release of the results.
The event will be attended by Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi. Were said by 11am, parents and pupils will be able to get their results by sending the candidate's details to 22252.
As the results are released, the government has said candidates and teachers involved in exam irregularities will be punished. Candidates whose results will have been cancelled on grounds of irregularities will wait for three years before they can re-sit the exams.
The 844,475 pupils are expected to join secondary school in February next year. Last year, close to 200,000 students missed secondary school slots. The government's move to elevate 60 schools to national status has seen form one slots increase from 4,517 in 2011 to 16,125 in 2012.
Currently, there are 78 national schools countrywide. The government has plans to upgrade 27 more schools next year. According to the new criteria two top boys and girls from each district will join a national school irrespective of whether they sat their exams in private or public schools.
The top 2012 KCPE candidate scored 430 out of the possible 500, but this formula means that there is no clear cut-off point for one to join a national school. The remaining national schools slots will use a district quota formula, which is equal to the number of candidates by gender multiplied by the vacancies in the school divided by the national candidature for the gender.