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Education CS Fred Matiangi who released this years KCSE results At Shimo la tewa Mombasa on 29TH DEC 2016.
BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,29TH,DEC 2016-The long awaited 2016 KCSE results have finally been released with this years results being announced earlier as compared to other years when the results comes out in late January. This was however expected owing to the rafts of changes introduced this year by Education CS Fred Matiangi geared towards ensuring credibility of the national exams.
The measures that were introduced in October which also saw this years KCSE and KCPPE exams done under strict supervision has had a huge impact on this years results with the performance drooping immensely. The shocking bit a bout the results is that Only 141 candidates managed to score a mean grade of A-plain this is a shocking drop from 2,636 candidates who attained the grade last year.
Releasing the results at Shimo la Tewa High School in Mombasa on Thursday, Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i had even more shocking news — that only 88,928 candidates attained C-plus and above in the 2016 examination.
This number compares with 169,492 candidates who managed the grades of C-plus and above in 2015.
TAMING THE CULTURE OF CHEATING
It goes without saying that the shock results could be related to a culture of examination cheating and leakages that has clouded national examinations in the past several years.
The results of 5,000 candidates were cancelled last year because of irregularities.
The number of straight A’s in this year’s examination was much lower than those scored by candidates from some top schools in the previous year.
For instance, schools that managed over 141 straight A’s in the 2015 KCSE examination included Moi High School Kabarak (202) and Alliance High School (200), among others.
Dr Matiang’i captured the extent of the drop in performance when he stated that some schools that previously managed 196 straight A’s could hardly manage 15 this year.
“Last year, schools which produced 196 straight As could not produce 15,” he noted.
He, however, singled out Alliance Girls High School and Kenya High School for posting “honest and consistent” results every year.
Kenya High School managed 21 straight A’s this year, compared with 20 last year, Dr Matiang’i noted.
NO CHEATING CASES REPORTED
The Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) 2016 results have been released, with Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i noting that reforms implemented during the administration have borne fruit.
Releasing the results at Shimo la Tewa High School in Mombasa County, the CS announced that there were no examination irregularities this year – a large shift from the KSCE 2015 results which had over 5000 documented cases of exam malpractice.
“Makueni, Nairobi and Meru Counties recorded the highest cases of exam irregularities in the KCSE 2015 exam. It is due to this we put up stringent measures to curb any cases of exam cheating,” added Matiang’i.
The CS said that the more than 577 000 KCSE2016 candidates who sat for the KCSE 2016 exams will receive their results Thursday December 28.
“No candidates were faced with irregularities. So all our students will get their results,” said Matiang’i.
The CS also said no results were cancelled in this year’s examinations.
Candidates can receive their results by sending their index number to SMS code 22252. The SMS cost is Sh25.