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Big day as candidates wait for KCPE results

The more than 889,000 candidates who sat their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination this year will know their scores on Monday.

Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi will release the results at Mitihani House in Nairobi from 9am.

Last month, the Education Ministry abolished the ranking of schools and candidates to reduce cut-throat competition and cheating in national examinations.

QUOTAS

The new policy was aimed at ending unethical practices by teachers in the rush for top positions.

In the circular education principal secretary Bellio Kipsang indicated that Form One selection would henceforth be determined by quotas, performance, affirmative action and the candidates’ school choices.

This year, KCPE candidates sat the exam in 24,278 centres across the country, an increase from 2013 when 844,000 candidates sat for the exam in 23,819 centres.

FORM ONE SELECTION

Sources say the ministry and the Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) officials met on Tuesday last week and resolved to focus on grading of candidates as opposed to ranking of schools and candidates.

Education officials on Sunday declined to comment on how the results will be presented given that parents, teachers and the learners are used to ranking of schools and candidates.

This year’s candidates will also be competing for limited spaces in secondary schools.

Last year, close to 200,000 candidates who sat for the KCPE exam failed to secure Form One places.

Last year, 647,602 out of 843,626 candidates secured places in secondary schools.

In 2012, 818,298 candidates sat for the exam and 628,051 secured places in secondary schools.