Education CS Amina Mohammed has officially released the 2018 KCPE results. Two candidates tied for top position in the 2018 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination having scored 453 marks out of 500.
Kakamega County has for the second year running produced the top KCPE candidate.
Rawlings Odhiambo from Kakamega Hills tied in the first spot with Olive Mwea Wachira from Riara School, Nairobi.
The two achieved the top honours with 453 marks, two marks shy of last year’s top performer Goldalyn Kakuya.
Kakuya from St Ann Junior School, Lubao, scored 455 marks.
In this year’s results, 12,273 candidates got 400 marks and above, 228,414 got between 301 to 400 marks, 574,927 candidates scored between 201 to 300 marks.
Another 234,573 got between 101 to 200 marks while 2,177 candidates out of the 1,052,364 candidates who sat this year’s KCPE got 1 to 100 marks.
In total, 527,294 boys sat the exam 50.1%) compared to 525,070 girls (49.9%).
Announcing the results on Monday afternoon at the Star of the Sea Primary School in Mombasa, Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed said out 1,520,364 candidates who sat the exam, only four had their results cancelled due exam malpractice.
CS Amina noted that the four pupils, who were found guilty of impersonation, will be allowed to write the exam next year.
The Education CS noted that there was a slight improvement in this year’s KCPE performance compared to last year.
In the 2018 KCPE exam, female candidates out shined their male counterparts in English, Swahili and Kenya sign language.
The boys performed better in Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Religious Education.
A total of 2,495 candidates with special needs sat the 2018 KCPE exam with the best scoring 446.
Of the over one million candidates, 12,273 scored over 400 marks while 228,414 attained between 301 and 400 marks.
On the other hand 574,927 pupils attained between 201 and 300 marks while 234,573 candidates had between 101 and 200 marks.
A total of 2,177 pupils had 100 marks and below.