The top candidate in the 2017 KCPE exams scored 455 marks a significant improvement from the 437 marks scored last year.
There were no cases of exam malpractices in the 2017 KCPE examinations, and all candidates will receive their results, Education CS Fred Matiang’i has said.
Matiang’i Tuesday morning released the KCPE results saying 2017 has recorded a remarkable improvement compared to last year.
Matiang’i said all the 9846 candidates who scored 400 marks and above will be placed in National Schools saying there will be discrimination in the placement.
The CS was categorical that by Jamuhuri day on the 12TH of December all candidates must be placed in a School saying it’s a directive from President Uhuru Kenyatta.
He said the six candidates with Special needs in the top 100 will also be admitted in National Schools.
The results project a huge improvement in Public schools compared to last year with the CS saying the second best candidate scored 447 marks and is from Kathigiri public boarding school in Meru.
He further pointed out that number of those who scored below 100 marks has reduced from 6747 last year to 2360 this year.
Matiang’i said there was improvement in all subjects except Science, Social Studies and the ministry will look in it.
And in expressing his gratitude to the teachers for the commitment to their work, Matiang’i said the Ministry will provide a special allocation to support schools that produced pupils in the top 100, to improve their infrastructure.
He said they have achieved parity between girls and boys saying some Counties even registered a higher number of girls candidates than boys.
He thanked the President for the support during the examination period saying the acrimonious campaigns across the Country had threatened to interfere with the smooth running of the exercise.
“I am proud to be part of the multi-agency effort enlisted in this year’s national exams. This is how the education sector will succeed – constant conversations & joint efforts. I am grateful for everyone’s personal commitment” he said.
Matiang’i said “this is the first time when Government dispatched senior officials to monitor exams. The President decided that all of us go out, hug a child tell them it shall be well, encourage them. It worked very well.”
He said the ministry got the resources it needed for exercise saying every examiner has gone home fully paid.
Candidates can now send their index number to 22252 to get their results.
ICT CS Joe Mucheru said technology played a huge role in marking of the exams saying the partnership with the Ministry of Education was a huge achievement.
KNEC Chairperson George Magoha said the new machines used in marking are more accurate and efficient saying the were strict penalties for those who would interfere with the exams.