by David Karani
Rawlings Odhiambo from Kakamega Hills and Olive Mwea Wachira from Riara School, Nairobi, emerged top students with 453 marks in this year’s KCPE.
While releasing the results at Star of the Sea Primary School in Mombasa, Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed said more than 50 per cent of the candidates scored above 250 marks out of 500.
Ms Mohamed said female candidates performed better than their male counterparts in English and Kiswahili.
Boys dominated in Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Religious Education.
Some 12,273 candidates garnered over 401 marks while those who scored 301-400 were 228,414.
Candidates who had 201-300 marks were 574,927 while those who scored between 101 and 200 were 234,573. Only 2,177 candidates scored between 1 and 100 marks.
According to the CS, none of the nine examination papers was leaked.
Kenya National Examinations Council chairman Prof George Magoha said cheating has been eradicated.
“Cheating in exams is a thing of the past,” he said, but lashed out at the “small percentage” of teachers and officials who were caught engaging in malpractices.”
A record 12,273 candidates got 400 marks and above, 228,414 between 301 and 400 marks and 574,927 between 201 and 300 marks.
Another 234,573 scored 101 to 200 marks while 2,177 candidates out of the 1,052,364 candidates who sat this year’s KCPE scored below 100 marks.
President Uhuru Kenyatta announced that the government will admit all the students who sat exams to Form One in what promises to be another headache for education planners.
The 100 per cent transition will trigger cutthroat competition for places in the prestigious schools.
It’s every candidate’s dream to join Kenya’s 114 National schools which have limited vacancies.
Data from the Kenya National Examination Council shows that the number of candidates who scored above 400 marks increased by 2,427 compared to last year.
In 2017, only 9846 candidates scored over 400.
This means that 50 per cent of the candidates who sat the examinations scored above 200 marks.
Ms Mohamed said that there will only be one selection and candidates who receive admission letters will only be allowed to report to schools in which they have been selected.
“It is the directive of His Excellency the President that all candidates, parents and guardians break for the Christmas festivities having already known the schools to which the candidates have been admitted. There will be no second selection,” the CS noted.
She allayed fears that some of the candidates could miss Form One slots, saying the ministry had already put in place measures to guarantee a smooth transition.
Education PS Belio Kipsang has already dispatched a circular to all field education officers and school managers to ensure that no child stays at home next year.