The 2017 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) has recorded various improvements as compared to 2016. In this year’s exam the highest pupil scored 455 out of a possible 500 as compared to 477 the previous year.
Head teachers were “phenomenal” where performance was concerned, Education CS Fred Matiang’i said while releasing the results in Nairobi on Tuesday.
“We did not record any irregularities. Every one of our children is getting results with an accuracy rate of 98 per cent. No single case of malpractice was registered and there were no missing marks,” he added.
Another improvement noted by the CS is that 9,846 candidates scored 400 marks and above, compared to 5,144 in 2016. Matiang’i went on to add that all students that scored over 400 marks will be placed in national schools.
The results this year have been released in record time just 19n days after the pupils sat for the exams. This is after the ministry of Education bought 20 machines at the cost of Sh100 million for using in marking the tests.
The optical mark recognition machines reduced the amount of work by 50 per cent as and KNEC now only use markers for English and Kiswahili compositions.