Grade 6 pupils can expect to receive their 2023 Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) results in January 2024, distributed within their respective schools.
According to the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC), KPSEA results for both public and private primary schools will be available through an online platform. Schools will download and print the results which will be in certificate form and issue them to parents and the candidates at no cost.
In contrast to the elaborate release ceremonies for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE), the KPSEA exams will be released quietly. The KPSEA candidates did five subjects; Mathematics, English, Kiswahili, Integrated Science and Social Studies, and Creative Arts.
Integrated Science was one paper that combined Science and Technology, Agriculture, Home Science, and Physical Health and Education. Social Studies and Creative Arts was also one paper that combined Social Studies, religious studies (CRE/IRE/HRE), Arts and Crafts, and Music.
Notably, the assessment lacked creative writing i.e., English Composition and Kiswahili Insha which were done by KCPE candidates. This is a major concern for teachers who question why the papers are left out yet creative writing is being taught in schools.
Around 1,415,315 candidates sat for the KCPE exams while a total of 1,282,574 candidates did KPSEA. All the KPSEA transcripts will be marked electronically using special machines.
The marking of multiple-choice questions (transcripts) will be done by modern Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) which electronically scores the papers. The OMR captures marked data from candidates’ answer sheets using specialized scanning.
The machines work with a dedicated scanning device that shines a beam of light on the paper. The contrasting reflection at predetermined positions on a page is used to detect marked areas as they reflect less light than the blank areas of the paper. With the new machines, scripts are marked in batches of 100 and 200 sheets, unlike the previous technology, which took hours.
Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu has said learners who sat the 2023 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education exams will know their results before the end of next week. According to Machogu said marking of the exam papers is already complete.
“We have done the marking and it is finished we are going to release the KCPE exams anytime next week and most likely we will also be able to conduct the Form One placement before Christmas so that they can join Form One by at least the third week of January,” Machogu said.