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2060 candidates score below 99 marks in KCPE

By Winnie Onyando November 23rd, 2023 2 min read

Some 2060 candidates who sat for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exams in 2023 scored below 99 marks out of a possible 500 marks.

This is according to Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu.

Machogu announced the results in Nairobi on November 23, 2023, three weeks after the candidates sat for the exams.

“Among the vast cohort of 1,406,557 candidates who participated in the 2023 examinations, a distinct subset of 2,060 scored 99 marks and below out of a potential 500 marks,” explained the CS.

Conversely, the academic excellence of the top performer in this year’s Standard Eight examinations is truly commendable, scoring an impressive 428 marks out of 500.

However, the CS refrained from disclosing the identity of the top achievers.

Furthermore, the distribution of scores across different performance brackets unveils a spectrum of achievements.

A notable 8,525 candidates achieved scores of 400 marks and above, showcasing a high level of proficiency among a select group.

Additionally, 352,782 candidates demonstrated a solid performance by securing marks between 300 and 399, underlining the widespread competence observed in this category.

Interestingly, gender disparities were highlighted, with CS Machogu revealing that female candidates outperformed their male counterparts.

This acknowledgment of gender-based differences in academic performance underscores the importance of addressing educational challenges faced by specific demographics, ultimately contributing to a more inclusive and equitable education system.

As Kenya transitions to the CBC, these examination results serve as a crucial benchmark for assessing the effectiveness of the new curriculum in nurturing diverse talents and capabilities.

The government’s commitment to revolutionizing the education system is underscored by the colossal figure of 26 million people, roughly half of the country’s population, participating in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exams.

The 2023 KCPE results provide a comprehensive snapshot of the educational landscape in Kenya, offering insights into both achievements and areas that require attention and improvement.

As the nation embraces the CBC, it is paramount to learn from these outcomes and continuously strive for an education system that empowers every student to reach their full potential.

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