Two candidates have topped this year’s KCPE scoring 453 marks, Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed has announced.
This is two marks lower than the best candidate in 2017, Goldalyn Kakuya, from Kakamega who scored 455 marks.
The CS also said that the number of candidates with more than 400 marks had risen from 9,846 in 2017 to 12.273.
Amina has announced the results at the Star of the Sea Primary School in Mombasa.
KCPE began on October 30 and ended on November 1 with around 1.06 million candidates sitting their exams in 27,161 centres.
Amina said this year’s KCPE has improved from last year’s performance.
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Knec chairperson George Magoha on November 2, said marking would take three weeks
President Uhuru Kenyatta, Amina, and Magoha have all maintained that the this year’s exam was free of cheating and other malpractices.
This year surprised many with the high number of reported teenage births during the exam period with about 30 reported cases. Quality assurance and standards officers were directed to investigate the pregnancy cases.
With more than 700,000 police officers manning the exams, there were few reported malpractice cases with three exam centres put on the spot over suspicious malpractices and 14 people arrested.
The government has also maintained that no candidate will miss admission to secondary school.