Some 615,773 students sat the examinations this year under tough regulations that reduced cheating.
According to the timetable by the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC), the KCSE examinations took one month.
Earlier, when briefing President Uhuru Kenyatta on the results, CS Matiang’i said the results showed a normal curve as reforms in the exam system are entrenched.
President Kenyatta directed CS Matiang’i and the head of the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC), Prof. George Magoha to institutionalise the reforms so that the achievement made in the last few years is maintained.
The President also asked the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to reward principals, schools and subject teachers who excelled to promote continued high performance. But similarly, President Kenyatta said teachers caught cheating should be punished severely to serve as an example to others.
President Kenyatta also directed CS Matiangi to work with Attorney General Githu Muigai to make presentations to the DPP so that cases of cheating involving more than 700 teachers countrywide are expedited.
As part of the President’s Big Four growth agenda, President Kenyatta directed Matiangi to work with the Ministry of Health to enrol all 3 million secondary school students into the NHIF programme with effect from January 2018.
Matiangi was due to release results to the public at Nairobi School.