Stakeholders involved in this year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education exam preparations and subsequent release of the results have lauded the performance of the 2017 class, being an electioneering year in the country.
Speaking during the release of the results at Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development, the Teachers Service Commission CEO Nancy Macharia said the improvement in KCPE results means that performance contracting was working.
Public schools countrywide registered impressive performance. The second best student in the country is from Kathigiri Public Boarding School in Meru, a public school and scored 447 marks.
CS Fred Matiang’I has promised to allocate special funds to all public schools that produced top 100 candidates countrywide to support their infrastructure.
Head teachers from the public schools will also be rewarded.
Ms Macharia also applauded the teachers for embracing performance management citing that public primary schools registered improvement.
“Exam performance has improved and the good performance means that performance contracting is working. We applaud the teachers for embracing performance management” she noted.
At the same time, the Kenya National Examination Council Chairperson Professor George Magoha said the new exam regulations have also greatly contributed to the improved performance.
He cited the new process of marking of the exams as another factor that has enhanced the credibility of the results.
He said the council had invested over 100 million shillings in purchase of optical machines that were used to mark the exams.
Sentiments shared by ICT cabinet secretary Joe Mucheru.
This year the council had hired 5,366 teachers to mark composition and Insha papers and managed to conclude the process in a record time of three days.
The council has also assured the candidates that their results are 98.8% accurate.
993,718 candidates sat the KCPE exam.