Kenya: Cheating On the Decline As Exam Results Released
The number of cases of examination malpractice during the 2012 Kenya Certificate of Primary Examinations were 718 in total down from 7,967 cases in 2011.
Eighty-eight people including students and teachers were arrested for irregularities during the examinations. The top three students nationally in the 2012 Kenya Certificate of Primary
Examinations are Kinoti Joy Kathure from Meru county, Mwaura Boniface Kiongo from Kiambu county and Wachira Njomo also from Kiambu county, each with 430 marks out of a possible 500.
New Light Komarock in Kiambu is the top performing school, second is Makini Ngong Road Academy also in Nairobi followed by Gilgil Hills Academy in Nakuru.
The top county is Kirinyaga with an average mark of 237, followed by Elgeyo Marakwet with 272 while Nandi county is third with 271 marks.
Speaking during the release of the results Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) secretary Paul Wesonga said security was beefed up during the examinations to thwart attempts by students and members of the public to disrupt the examinations by committing irregularities adding that the KCPE is not a “pass or fail exam.” Permanent Secretary Professor George Godia said after today’s announcement students will make their transition to the 78 national schools stating that “National schools are not just about high marks. They are about representation of the face of Kenya in terms of the constitution” adding that a further 27 national schools will be added to satisfy the constitutional requirement of inclusiveness and equity.
“We have put in place many innovative reforms in education that I expect will create a major positive impact in the education sector” Said Education Minister Mutula Kilonzo as he touched on the five acts passed during his tenure. These include Sessional paper No 14, the National Examination Council Act, the Teachers Service Commission Act, the Kenya Institute of Curriculum and Development Act and the Basic Education Act.
He added that there was a marked increase in the number of students sitting for the KCPE examination which rose from 334,336 candidates in 1985 to 811,930 in 2012 representing a 142.85 per cent increase since KCPE was started.
He also noted that gender parity had nearly been achieved as it stood at 51.2 per cent boys: 48.9 per cent girls in 2012 stating that it is “is the closest we have been towards achieving gender parity in KCPE Examination in 10 years.”
There were 19 counties where gender parity was completely achieved while 11 others where gender disparity was still a factor. Tana River, Marsabit and Isiolo were the counties were the most severe cases. Tana River which had the highest disparity recorded a ration of 60 per cent boys and 40 per cent girls.