Why Matiang’i released KCPE results early

Information that powerful cartels were targeting the long marking time to influence the outcome of marks forced Education Cabinet Secretary to release the results early.

Sources have intimated that CS Fred Matiang’i had information from his close advisers within the education cycle about the schemes of the cartels and thus decided to beat them by releasing the results.

A source at Jogoo House said the decision for early announcement was a trick to beat private school cartels who use the marking period and release of results to change results of their schools.

“The CS had information long ago that since all the loopholes of cheating during exams had been sealed, the focus was now during marking hence he did not want to give them that chance,” said the source who requested not to be named.

Matiang’i yesterday while releasing this year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) said for the first time since independence, the country has witnessed an exam free of malpractices.

He however stated that there were those who attempted to cheat but their tricks did not materialise.

“Some parents and other people were in the bush sending answers to their children, what they did not know is that those answers were going to the security officers who had the phones,” Matiang’i said.

The source further told X-News that the CS was not ready to see his good effort of curbing cheating during the exam period soiled in the last minute of marking.

Matiang’i received praise from education officials and public at large for his effort in restoring and credibility in the national examinations.

President Uhuru Kenyatta lauded the multi-agency team that included officers from the Education, Interior and ICT ministries, the Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) and the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and other stakeholders for delivering flawless results.
“The release of the KCPE results today confirms that reform of the national examination process has happened and integrity and credibility have been restored,” said the President when Matiang’i, Knec and ministry officials called on him at the State House after results release.

When asked by journalists yesterday why he made up his mind to release the results early and ambush the media, Matiang’i answered: “I don’t understand what you mean by an ambush. We are doing our work. I woke up today to go to work and I have done exactly that.”

The exam was done on the first week of November, took three weeks to get marked, award the grades and announce the results.

For the first time not even the media was aware of the release of exams until few hours to the actual event. The timing and the date was a top secret known only to the CS himself, his Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang and Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) chairman Prof George Magoha.

Yesterday’s release of results was also not marked by the usual dramatic fun-fare that has been witnessed previously.


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