29 January 2013

Kenya: KCPE Results Finally Out Despite Hiccups

Nairobi — The Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination results were released yesterday January 28 by the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) at the Mitihani House in Nairobi.

The results had been delayed by one month owing to the three week teachers strike in September 2012 and which disrupted the normal learning schedule. The teachers were demanding a pay rise.

Speaking to the council members at the ceremony, the Minister for Education Mutula Kilonzo urged the teachers to avoid future strikes that affect students' academic schedules.

"The K.C.P.E is not a pass or fail exam but to tell the country how candidates have performed and their selection and placing in secondary schools." he said

Over 811,000 candidates sat the exam in 2012, which indicates a candidature rise of 142.58% since 1985, when K.C.P.E was started. More students this year are expected to join high school than in any other years.

The leading student nationwide was Kinoti Joy Kathure from Meru County. She attained 430 marks out of the possible 500.

The best school nationally is New Light Academy Komarock followed by Makini School, Ngong'.

2012 K.C.P.E was faced by major challenges, ranging from insecurity in parts of the country, a three week teachers strike in September, which led to students sitting for the exams later than usual and eventually delayed results.

Exam irregularities were reported in some counties; however, there was a 90% decrease compared to 2011.

"88 persons have been charged in court for conspiring cheating in exams and they will face the full force of the law," he said.

The minister also noted that the number of girls who sat for the exams increased hence achieving the gender parity rule in 36 out of the 47 counties. The candidature ratio in 2012 was 48.9% Girls versus 51% Boys.

Mr Kilonzo said that no student should be forced to repeat a class stating that it does not add value but rather depresses the pupils and delays their progress in education.

During the March 4 General Elections, students are expected to be on their mid-term break to avoid disruption of their studies.

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