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Top Newspaper Headlines for May 12: Top 2016 KCPE candidates miss top positions in KCSE 2020

The country’s top newspapers on Wednesday, May 12 reported on celebrations, and success stories that came along with the recently released Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) 2020 results.

The dailies also reported on the best performing schools in the national exams.

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The Star

This publication analysed the performance of the 2020 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams which were done by students who sat for the 2016 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations.

It was noted that no student who topped in the  2016 KCPE scopped the top position in the recently concluded KCSE exams.

For instance, Victor Oduor, a student living with a disability, emerged as the top student in KCPE with 437 marks, however, his name was not on the list of the top 15 KCSE candidates in the special needs category this year.

Others were Kaboi Kevin Ngatia who scores 436 in the 2016 KCPE exams and Samuel Monyancha Mogoi who had 435 marks, while Gitonga Caroline Gatwiri and Ogongo Titus Anyona both scored 434.

However, in the results released recently neither of the five emerged in the top 15 list.

People Daily

The ODM party has reinstated Rarieda MP Otiende Omollo to the Justice and Legal Committee after his meeting with party leader Raila Odinga.

The lawmaker had been removed from the plump position over his stand on the controversial Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Bill.

However, the daily reported that, the reinstatement may be complicated as the Clerk of the National Assembly had closed the window for applications for the position.

The Standard

The daily highlighted best performing schools in the 2020 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination results.

Below are the top 10 schools;

  • Kapsabet Boys High School
  • Kenya High School
  • Mang’u High School
  • Alliance High School
  • Light Academy
  • St Joseph Girls, Kitale
  • Murang’a High School
  • St Brigid Girls Kiminini
  • Pangani Girls High School
  • Maranda High School

Daily Nation

Days after the release of the KCSE 2020 results, the daily reported that there has been a steady increase in the number of students scoring As in the KCSE exams.

The newspaper reported that during Fred Matiang’i’s tenure, the number of As were low due to reforms made in the national exams at the time.

In the 2020 exams, there were a total of 893 candidates who scored the top grade, a rise from 697 in 2019.

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Taifa Leo 

The Swahili publication reported that at least 28,000 candidates scored E in the 2020 KCSE exams, with 141 drawn from national schools, while 18,289 were from sub-county schools.

In terms of gender, 15,225 were male students while 12,821 were females.

However, there is still hope for them as they could join Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and pursue courses of their choice.

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