Candidates’ performance in 2023 KCPE

Education Cabinet Secretary of Education Mr. Ezekiel Machogu on Thursday announced the examination results for the last group of the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education.  The CS released the results at the Mitihani house, in the company of education stakeholders including PS Belio Kipsang, and Teachers Service Commission CEO Nancy Macharia, among others. The top candidate for the 2023 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) scored 428 marks out of 500. In the results, a total of 8,525 candidates scored a total of 400 marks and above.

For the marks between 300 and 399, there were 352,782 in this category constituting 24.29 percent.  Further, Machogu said a total of 658,278 candidates scored marks between 200 and 299, with this he noted the results were low, as compared to 2022.  The 658,278 constitutes 48.49%.  In addition, a total of 383,025 candidates scored marks between 100 to 199, equivalent to 27.05%. 2,060 candidates score marks between 001 and 099.  “A total of 8,523 candidates attained a total of 400 marks and above, which is a drop from 9,443 from the 2022 KCPE exams.

“Female candidates performed slightly better than their male counterparts in English language, Kiswahili and Kenya Sign Language while the male candidates performed slightly better than their female counterparts in Math’s and Science,” CS Machogu said.

A total of 1,406,557 sat for the 2023 KCPE exams.  To check for the results, the Cabinet secretary said Candidates, their parents, and guardians can access them through the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) website, SMS platforms, county education offices and their respective schools. For the SMS option, the candidates should send their index number, followed by the initials KCPE (in capital letters) to 40054 in order to access the results.

“Parents and candidates can get their KCPE results by sending the’ results by sending their index number to code 40054. The SMS will be charged at Sh25.”The SMS platform is available for all mobile networks and will be charged Sh25 each. This year, the council registered 1.4 million candidates compared to 1.2 million in 2022. Also, this is the last year candidates will sit the KCPE exams as the ministry works on phasing out the 8-4-4 curriculum. ” Out of the 1.4 million candidates who sat the examination, only two were involved in examination malpractices.  One of the candidates was found with an unauthorized note in the exam room while the other had a mobile phone. “All education indicators show that the cohort is undergoing quality learning and teaching. I wish to assure the country that all the curriculum materials are in place to support the learners,” CS Machogu said on Thursday.



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