, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 1 – The top candidate in this year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations scored 437 marks, albeit a performance slightly lower than that of 2015.
Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i also said there were 5,190 candidates who scored 400 marks and above, compared to 7,560 last year.
“The top candidate this year scored 437 marks out of the maximum possible 500 marks, meaning the candidate would not have been placed among the top ninety (90) candidates in last year’s KCPE examinations,” the CS pointed out.
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,” he said.
Students who garnered between 301 marks and 400 marks are 207,141 at 21.75pc, while 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 9, 2016,” Matiang’i stated.
Candidates are supposed to collect their results from their respective examination centres.
Individual candidate results can also be accessed by sending a candidate’s index number through a Short Message Service (SMS) to 22252.
“Head teachers will be required to download and print the on-line results slips for candidates in their schools and authenticate them before they are released to parents, guardians or candidates,” he said.
It is the first time KCPE results have been released at the beginning of December, a move lauded by the Kenya National Union of Teachers Secretary General Wilson Sossion.
The release of the primary school examination results comes a day after secondary school candidates completed their KCSE examinations.
Kenya National Examinations Council Chairman Professor George Magoha said he set out on a mission to safeguard the credibility of the process and had no doubt on its success.
Magoha was picked to head KNEC which was accused of bungling previous national examinations which were marred by cheating for many years.
“We made a promise that we shall deliver an outcome that has not been compromised and we just did that,” he said.
He said the trend will be carried on to ensure the integrity of the education sector is restored fully.
Past KCPE results were characterised by massive cases of malpractices that resulted to cancelling of exams, but this year, all the students will receive their results.
According to the CS, there were only 21 cases of professional misconduct.
“As you may remember, during the release of the 2015 KCPE Examination, I promised Kenyans that I will never stand before them again to give excuses over the perennial problem of examination leakages in our country,” he said.
I made this promise in line with a directive by His Excellency the President Uhuru Kenyatta that we adopt strategies to deal with the malaise of examinations cheating that caused the cancellation of results of 2,709 KCPE candidates last year alone.”
On ranking, the CS said that there was need for more time before the law is implemented since, “Tied to the law was a requirement that we conduct research, consult widely and come up with regulations that provide a basis for the ranking.
Unfortunately, due to the short period between the time the law was enacted and when the KCPE Examination was administered, the Ministry was not able to prepare for its implementation.”