Teachers marking the 2019 Kenya Certificate of Secondary education (KCSE) examinations are winding up the exercise.
The teachers who began marking the examination scripts on 28th November, just a day after the last paper was completed, are working hard to be done with marking by Thursday, 12th December, to allow for the Ministry of education to release results next week.
Sources say that by Tuesday, 10th December, most teachers had finished marking their papers and were already compiling the marks to be uploaded to the system ahead of the KCSE 2019 release of results.
Just as the Ministry of education had promised to have both KCPE and KCSE results before Christmas, teachers have thankfully done their part and marked the scripts within time limit, though at some point, the process was marred with chaos.
Days after marking began, markers protested poor working conditions and poor payment, forcing police to be deployed to the affected marking centres to restore calm.
The 700 protesting teachers wanted the amount paid per script to be raised from 48 shillings to at least 68 shillings, and to get their point home, they staged a two day strike, before they were ordered to leave the marking centres with immediate effect.
Apart from issues that occurred after the examination period, cases of exam irregularities were reported despite measures taken by both the Ministry of Education and the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) to curb cheating.
The ministry, led by Education CS Prof. Magoha, and KNEC had done their investigations before the examinations began and identified 300 schools that were planning to engage in exam malpractices and put them under scrutiny.
Both KNEC and the ministry appeared to have sealed all the loopholes that would encourage cheating before the beginning of the national examinations, yet by the end of KCSE, 21 cases of exam malpractices had been reported.
According to Prof. Magoha, 90 mobile phones that were to be used for cheating in the exams were confiscated from students, mostly from schools in Nairobi, Kisii, Migori, Homa Bay, Wajir and Garissa counties.
As the marking comes to an end to pave way for the release of results, 699,745 candidates who sat KCSE 2019 are waiting for their results.