Exam cheating was a wicked culture among students that risked compromising the quality of education. Unlike the past years, this year’s examination was not stained by leaks or cancellations.
During the release of last year’s KCPE examination results, Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i promised Kenyans he would not apologise again over exam leaks. This year on a surprise release of exams. One month earlier to the typical end of December release dates. Dr Matiangi said in confidence that there was no examination leakage in the 2016 KCPE examinations.
On Thursday, Kenyans compared the CS to “Mangufuli”. After he ambushed the country with the announcement of the KCPE results. He did not apologise, but was a proud Kenyan, who had honoured his promise.
A total 952,472 pupils sat the exam in 26,308 centers.
No leakage was reported but there were 21 cases of attempted theft.
No results were also cancelled. in contrast with past years when hundreds of candidates results were cancelled for cheating.
Students who earned 301 marks and 400 marks number 207,141 — 21.75p per cent.
Those earning 201 and 300 marks number 505,552 students.
Those who earning 101 to 200 marks number 221,438 students – 23.25 per cent.
And 6,747 scored 100 marks and below.
“I also wish to assure the public that all candidates who scored 400 marks and above will be admitted to national schools, irrespective of their gender, region or centre.” the CS said.
Finally the CS noted that the ministry was aware of private schools that operate multiple examination centres in one school. with the aim of engaging in unethical practices meant to enable them record favourable rankings in national examinations. “That nonsense has got to end and its ending now, 2016,” he said. Matiang’i explained such schools register weaker pupils at sister “satellite” examination centres to avoid bringing down the mean scores of their main “marketing” schools.
“Next year we are going to have a one entity one centre approach. If you bring those kinds of business (to register two centres in one school) we deregister you, period,” he said.
The President’s goal of attaining 100 per cent transition from primary to secondary school remains on course, he said.
President Uhuru Kenyatta praised Matiang’i ,CS for IT Joe Mucheru and Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery for a job well done.
The Form One selection exercise will begin on December 9, 2016, and Admission letters to Form One will be issued before Christmas” Matiang’i said when announcing the results.
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