, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 1 – This year’s top Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations candidate is Victor Odour Odhiambo, who garnered 437 marks.
Odhiambo was a student in Daisy Special School for the Physically Handicapped and Vocational Training.
“I thank God, my parents and my teachers who walked with me through this journey to success,” a joyous Odhiambo said.
The 15-year old pupil from Kakamega County was among 1,950 candidates with special needs who took the KCPE examinations.
He was joined by friends and parents in celebrating the outcome in one of the most heavily guarded exams in the history.
There was no single case of leakage during this year’s KCPE exam, according to Education CS Fred Matiang’i.
Early this year, President Uhuru Kenyatta directed the Ministry of Education to prepare and administer Special National Examination papers for candidates with special needs.
In order to implement this directive, interventions were put in place in the 2016 national examinations for candidates with special needs.
The interventions included giving special needs candidates an extra 45 minutes instead of the 30 minutes normally provided in the examinations, development of adapted papers for candidates with special needs in the 2016 KCPE examination, recruitment and training of more examiners for the special needs examination papers.
In Nyeri County, Karen Wambui of Karatina DEB emerged the best pupil after she garnered 433 marks, falling four points short of the leading candidate in the entire country.
Wambui, who spoke at her home in Mathaithi area, Mathira Constituency, said she want to become a civil engineer in future.
“I really thank God for what he has done for me. What has helped me is trusting and believing in God, being obedient to my parents and teachers,” she said.
She attributed her performance to hard work, support from parents and teachers guidance in the course of her eight years primary school education, in the examination that had no single leakage case.
Wambui wants to join Alliance Girls School.
A total of 942,021 candidates sat the 2016 KCPE examination, of these, 49.7pc were girls and 50.3pc boys.
“The analysis of candidature trends by gender in the last three years indicates that the percentage increase in the number of girls has consistently been higher than that of boys over this period,” CS Matiang’i said.
Students who garnered 301 marks and 400 marks are 207,141 at 21.75pc, those who range between 201 and 300 marks are 505,552 students at 52.66 pc.
Those who managed to get 101 to 200 marks are 221,438 students at 23.25pc, while 6,747 garnered a 100 marks and below.
“I also wish to assure the public that all candidates who scored 400 marks and above will be admitted to national schools irrespective of their gender, region or centre. The Form One selection exercise will commence on December 9th, 2016,” Matiang’i stated.
Candidates should therefore collect their results from their respective examination centres.
Individual candidate results can be accessed by sending a candidate’s index number through a Short Message Service (SMS) to 22252.