This year’s top KCPE candidate scored 455 marks, an improvement from last year’s 437.
Headteachers 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 99.98 per cent,” he said. “No single case of malpractice was registered and there were no missing marks.”
Forty nine per cent girls and 50.19 per cent boys wrote the tests.
Matiang’i reported that 9,846 candidates scored 400 marks and above, compared to 5,144 in 2016.
“All candidates with more than 400 marks will be placed in national schools without discrimination. There was more seriousness of our candidates than last year,” he said.
The minister said six special needs candidates scored more than 400 marks and that the best one had 426. The number of those who scored less than 100 marks decreased by 4,000, from 6,000 last year.
Matiang’i thanked President Uhuru Kenyatta for funding and aiding the smooth flow of this year’s national examinations.
“Courtesy of the President’s intervention, we received enough money from the Treasury. Every official who participated has been paid and collaboration has made us stronger and seen commendable improvement.”
He said form one selection will begin on December 4.