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Only two candidates were involved in malpractice, Machogu says

Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu has confirmed that only two candidates who sat the Kenya Certificate of Primary Examination (KCPE) were involved in malpractice.

Speaking during the release of the KCPE exams, Machogu said the two had unauthorised examination material during their tests.

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“One of the candidates had a mobile phone while the other had notes during their test,” he said.

While announcing the results of the last 2023 cohort to sit the KCPE exams which has been phased out, Ezekiel Machogu said 8,523 candidates scored 400 marks and above, compared to 9443 last year.

“8,523 which is 0.6%, attained 400 marks and above, a drop compared to the 2022 results where 9,443 candidates scored 400 marks and above,” Machogu said Thursday when he released the results at Mitihani house.

The decline was witnessed in the overall performance with the mark of the highest candidate dropping by three points from 431 in 2022 to 428 in 2023.

According to Machogu, 352,782 candidates scored between 300-399 marks, an increase compared to 307,756 last year.

Those in the 200-299 bracket were 658,278, up from 619, 593 in 2022. 383,025 candidates managed between 100-199 marks, a significant improvement from last year’s 296,336.

However, there was a rise in the scores of candidates with less than 100 marks. This year 2060 candidates had 99 marks and below compared to 724 last year.

Machogu, however, said the Education Ministry will offer placement to all candidates who sat their exams.

The opportunities will be available in both public and private secondary schools.

“The ministry has developed a fair and transparent form one placement system that will ensure national, regional and social-economic balance is achieved,” he noted.

The CS said the placement process will start next Monday, November 27 and will conclude within two weeks.


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