Education Cabinet Secretary, George Magoha, on Monday, March 28, released the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) at Mtihani House in Nairobi.
During the press briefing, Magoha noted that the overall performance in 2021 dipped compared to that of 2020. This year's exam saw the best candidate score 428 marks out of the possible 500.
The CS further noted that there were minimal cases of exam malpractices compared to the previous years, adding that his Ministry is working to ensure these cases are completely eliminated.
Magoha stated that the container-system used for the storage of examination papers has ended the leakage.
"The container system, which we picked from Uganda, is very water tight. It has proven to be the best and there are no exam leakages any longer," stated Magoha, who warned rogue individuals against trying to leak the exams.
"If you think you are clever, I dare you to go on and lie that you can leak the exams. We will deal with you. And for schools that will be caught cheating, we will punish the schools, the teachers, the children and the parents."
On the implementation of the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC), Magoha noted that the government was on course and that it had already constructed 6,000 classrooms to cater for the Junior Secondary School.
In his address, the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) chairperson, John Onsati, noted that the internal process of examination administration, the body delivered to the international standards to ensure that no learners were disadvantaged.
He added that the integrity of the examinations was made a reality by the collaboration between the Ministries of Education, Interior and Information Communication Technology (ICT).
1,225,507 candidates sat the 2021 KCPE exam between Monday, March 7, and Thursday, March 10. This number reflected a 2.83 per cent increase as opposed to the 1,191,752 candidates who sat for the exam in 2020.
The candidates will be set to join 10,359 public schools as the government moves to enforce its 100 per cent transition to secondary schools.
In the current academic year, the Ministry of Education released a unique calendar that comprised five national examinations in a bid to regain the lost time owing to the pandemic. In 2020, students across the country stayed out of school for nine months.
The calendar posed a challenge to the education stakeholders, with teachers being forced to move with speed and complete the syllabus within the stipulated time.
Magoha had promised candidates that the national examinations would be marked with a human face as they factored in the nine-month hiatus.