This year’s top candidate for the just released Kenya Certificate of Primary Education results has scored 439 out of 500 marks, 10 marks lower as compared to last year’s 449.
Out of the total 952,021 candidates who sat for this year’s exams, only 5,190 managed to attain 400 marks as compared to 7,560 last year, according to the Cabinet Secretary of Education Dr. Fred Matiang’i who released the results.
Matiang’i noted that there was no single cheating case reported during the entire KCPE exam period apart from 21 cases of malpractice and attempted cheating that were reported across the country. He also thanked all head teachers and principals of schools.
“When we looked at the strategy we had decided to take, we realized that it highly depend on the role of head teachers. If they committed, it would work out well, if they would not, we knew we would be cooked”, said Matiang’i.
Fred Matiang’i who has been hailed for his ‘radical change’ on the Education Sector and especially on the transparency of handling exams said he had sacrificed sleep to be at the collection centers where he was glad he met dedicated head teachers waiting.
Of the total number of candidates who sat for KCPE, 50.3 percent were boys and 49.7 comprised of girls. The Cabinet secretary noted that from next year, the government will start paying KCPE exams fees for all candidates in both private and public schools.
In order to curb examination cheating more, the CS said that all private candidates will have to write their tests from centers approved by the Education ministry. Head teachers will also be required to register all their candidates as one entity in one center after it emerged that schools seeking a higher ranking were listing pupils at different centers.
Knut secretary general Wilson Sossion said he was not informed that the results were going to be announced today.
“This is a surprise. We have learned this from the media. We didn’t know the results were going to be released today,” he told journalists.
Sossion noted the new “best practice” was welcome and that students will report to school earlier thus ensuring they settle in quickly.
Matiang’i surprised the country with the release of KCPE results today, a week earlier than the expected December 8 date. The class eight exam results are always released before New Year and KCSE in March.