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Christine Muthoni of Tender Care Junior Academy School in Komarock Estate and Martin Irungu of Moi Educational Center in Nairobi West are the 2011 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination’s top candidates.
Both tied at 442 marks in a year which saw irregularities increase, compared to preceding years.Speaking while releasing the 26th KCPE results, Education Minister Sam Ongeri pointed out that their score was the best in the past three years, with top candidates in each county scoring over 400 marks.
“Candidates’ performance in 2011 KCPE examinations remained almost at the same level as that of 2010. However, when compared to the quality of scores in 2011, there were 5,806 candidates representing 0.7 percent who scored over 400 marks,” he stated.Other top national candidates included Herbert Karanja who emerged third with 441 marks, Tito Yak in fourth with 440 and Diana Adhiambo with the fifth highest score of 439 marks.The 2011 KCPE exams, however, were not exempt from indiscretions which Ongeri said made a noticeable shift to collusion involving students, teachers and other third parties.He decried an incident that involved a District Education Officer and a headmaster who tried to bribe a supervisor to cover up cheating but when she refused, threatened her with death.
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