, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 28 – Ngatia Linus Muchiri (Central Province) and Metto Collins Kiprop (Rift Valley) have jointly topped this year\’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examinations, scoring 434 marks out of the possible 500.
The two were closely followed by the first girl in the top 10, Matindi Eleanor Karungari who managed 433 marks.
Just like in previous years, boys outshined girls by scooping seven positions in the top 10 while girls got five (this is due to shared slots).
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A total of 746,080 pupils sat the exams.
In the results announced on Tuesday by Education Minister Sam Ongeri, a total of 1,103 pupils had their results cancelled for cheating. This was however a decline compared 1,905 cases last year.
The Minister said the decrease can be attributed to the increased vigilance by education officials and security agents.
"As we move on, cheating will be a thing of the past," he said
Prof Ongeri said his officers would continue being vigilant to ensure that the vice is eliminated.
The selection process for form one placement will start in a fortnight. National schools will be the first on January 11 followed by provincials on January 13 while district schools will make their selections on January 14.
Education Permanent Secretary James Ole Kiyiapi assured that the process would be carried out efficiently.
"The same diligence and efficiency with which we managed the administration of exams will apply in the selection. We will conduct it in a fair transparent and orderly manner," said Prof Kiyiapi.
"No child who deserves a place in secondary school will be left out."
While releasing the results, Prof Sam Ongeri scoffed at attempts by Ndaragwa MP Jeremiah Kioni to scrap the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education exams, saying the move lacked argumentative basis.
Prof Ongeri said the argument that the exam locks out a many deserving students to join secondary schools did not suffice, since efforts by the government had led to a projected 72 percent transition rate by next year.
"With this we have now gone beyond the Millennium Development Goal mark of 70 percent by now and we are poised to achieving the 100 percent access to education target by 2015," said Prof Ongeri.
"We should avoid all obstructions that are being put before us to change course when we are on the mainstream on achieving globally acceptable targets."
Mr Kioni has given a Notice of Motion to compel the government to scrap the exam and instead provide for a continuous, uninterrupted education system from level one to form four in order to accord all Kenyan students universal basic education.
The legislator argues that the class eight exam locks out hundreds of thousands of pupils from joining secondary school. He argues that education is a fundamental human right every child is entitled to and therefore the government should ensure that all children have access to it.
The Motion has received support from primary school heads but it is now facing mounting opposition from a section of Members of Parliament.
Should MPs endorse the Motion with a simple majority, the government shall be tasked to come up with an implementation schedule which will involve amending the law through a Bill.
Prof Ongeri said the government was working towards increasing access to education by building of 210 centres of excellence across the country, one for each constituency.
"We have already released Sh6.3 billion through the economic stimulus package," he said.
He said the government has further improved youth polytechnics to admit those who do not qualify to join secondary schools.
Meanwhile the government has once again said it will shut down schools that have failed to register bonafide pupils for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examinations.
Prof Ongeri has instructed Provincial Directors of Education to inspect the affected schools and close them immediately.
"The principals and proprietors of such schools should be made to account," he added.