Cabinet secretary of Education Fred Matiang’i announced the 2017 KCPE results to the surprise of many. The examination ended on 2 November 2017 and to many they expected their results in the month of December. 2017 KCPE had a total of 1,003,556 students.
The exams were secured and earnest integrity was maintained from the exam exit from the KNEC warehouse to the respective school and back to the ware house. KNEC acquired more additional containers to improve accessibility to their secured containers. More professional were hired to maintain the quality standard of the exams. Different stake holders like Kenya police and KDF offered the required support to KNEC in areas that were inaccessible due to the rains.
Technology has played an important role in improving the effectiveness and credibility of the whole process. The Ministry acquired modern Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) machines that have been accurate and efficient in the marking of the exam. More than 5300 teachers marked the composition in both Kiswahili and English. The cabinet secretary was quick to note that all examiners were duly paid for their services immediately the process was complete.
2017 KCPE results have indicated a remarkable improvement and gender parity, 49.8 were girls and 50.2 were boys. In some county like Nairobi, Kakamega, Vihiga, Tharaka nithi had more girls than boys. In overall 2017 KCPE results has shown a significant improvement in public school. Public schools are coming back to their former glory. The top second student is from a public school. Another important trend in this year results is that students with marks below 100 have reduced from 6700 to 2500.
No single case of malpractice was noted, personalized answer sheets were used hence there is no student who is going to miss their marks. The accuracy of the new system is 99.8% hence the learning outcome are directly linked to the work put in place.
Form one placement will be complete by 4 December 2017. All students with more than 400 marks will be place in national schools.
Top candidate has a total 455 in contrast of 437 in 2016. All other subjects have improved except science, social studies and religious studies.