matAfter staging one of the most leakage-free national examinations in recent years, education cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i has caught Kenyans by surprise by releasing the KCPE results today (December 1).

Traditionally, the results are announced after Christmas but Matiang’i had pushed back the date to December 8th. That means they have now been released one week earlier.

The results were announced at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development.

A total of 952,472 candidates sat the exam at 26,308 centres from November 1-3.

More than 5000 examiners then converged at 3 marking centres in Nairobi, Murang’a and Kiambu from November 13. That means the marking and analysis process has taken just 2 weeks to complete.

The Cabinet Secretary for Education, Dr. Fred Matiang’i will today release the 2016 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development at 11.30 am,” a media invite from the ministry sent on Thursday read.

Not even KNUT leaders and other stakeholders outside KNEC were aware of the impending release.