, NAIROBI, Kenya Nov 20 –Candidates, parents and teachers continued celebrations countrywide on Tuesday, following the release of Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) results, in which the top two stars tied with 453 marks.
In Nairobi’s Reby Peter Memorial Academy which is located in Kahawa West, teachers and parents joined the candidates in the celebrations.
Out of 22 candidates who sat for the examinations at the school, 6 scored more than 400 marks, led by Ian Kariuki who scored 434 marks.
He was followed by Aurelia Wambui (420), Alda Gathoni (416), Caroline Gatwiri (415), Derrick Wahogo (412) and Maureen Wanjohi.
The school’s Headteacher David Ngugi said the impressive results were out of hard work by the candidates and teachers at the school.
The school’s Director Francis Njeru and the Manager Sarah Wanja said they are delighted by the good performance posted by the candidates, which they attributed to “hard work, discipline and determination.”
In this year’s KCPE results released on Monday by Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed, 12, 273 candidates garnered between 401 and 500 marks an increase from 9, 846 students in 2017.
The top two candidates are Olive Mwea of Nairobi’s Riara School and Rawlings Odhiambo of Kakamega Hills School.
Amina said there was an overall improvement in the outcome of this year’s KCPE results compared to last year.
There were 2,495 candidates with special needs with the highest candidate garnering 446 marks.
“This is an improvement compared to last year’s result. Last, year 2,038 candidates sat for the examinations with the top candidate scoring 426 marks,” she said.
The improved performance by special needs students was attributed to a “fair and conducive environment” by the Ministry of Education.
“The performance has improved compared to last year,” Amina said when she released the KCPE results in Mombasa.
This, she partly attributed to stringent measures adopted to curb cheating since 2016.
While female candidates performed better in languages (Kiswahili, English and Kenya sign language), their male counterparts performed better in Mathematics, Science, Social studies and Religious education.