, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 22 – The new education giant in Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations is Fred’s Academy in Meru, a private institution.
It is the school whose mean score was the highest nationally, at 419.
All the 55 candidates, who sat for the tightly guarded exam, garnered more than 400 marks.
“We thank God for this; our school has always performed well but we have never been top nationally,” Fredrick Mutwiri, the owner of the school told Capital FM News.
And what is their secret to the impressive performance?
Mutwiri says, “It is all in hard work, discipline, and teamwork.”
The top student in the school had 433 marks.
“We were always there for our students,” he said.
Goldalyn Kakuya of St Anne Junior Lubao in Kakamega County was the top student in this year’s KCPE examinations after she scored 455 out of 500 marks.
Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi on Tuesday announced that for the second successive year, there was no single case of malpractice detected during the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations, meaning that all the candidates will receive their results.
Speaking at a ceremony to unveil the results, the CS said this is because they used personalised answer sheets, with new security measures put in place by the ministry to curb cheating.
“The primary school teachers are our heroes. Because what I have seen in terms of performance and the head teachers of our primary schools is phenomenal, in terms of we did not register a single case of malpractice across the country.”
“Indeed, we are not cancelling results for any one candidate. Any candidate who misses a grading must therefore immediately contact KNEC immediately,” he stated.
Matiangi observed that the examinations were conducted in a most professional manner after measures put in place in 2016 to guard against irregularities were enhanced this year.
This includes shortening the length of time between when examination papers are picked up from containers and the time candidates sit for the first paper in addition to beefing up security and surveillance.
“You can tell that there is more seriousness and focus in our candidates than last year because I think we are growing into this reality that in an environment of integrity, everyone has got to have focus and everyone has got to teach,” he said.