The Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) has released a statement disowning a list ranking top KCSE schools. The list started doing rounds on social media after the release of the KCSE examination results.
In a statement, the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) said that the list was fake. Additionally, the examination body asked Kenyans to ignore the list. KNEC confirmed that they never commissioned the list that has been doing rounds on social media.
“We wish to advise the public to ignore lists circulating in social media. These lists purport to be the genuine ranking of KCSE Examination results, but they are not. The Council has not ranked schools in the results released. All lists are therefore fake,” the statement by KNEC reads in part.
In the list that KNEC has since disowned, Kenya High School was number one with a mean score of 10.467. Kapsabet boys came second with a mean score of 10.11.
The Ministry of Education observed that ranking schools and individual students create fierce competition. According to the Ministry of Education, the stiff competition made some schools depart from teaching. Instead, all they did was prepare for examinations and sometimes opt to cheat in the exams.
“In their effort to obtain high grades, students and sometimes teachers resort to various forms of cheating. Cheating gives a candidate unfair advantage over others,” a report by the Ministry reads in part.
“This takes many forms. Some copy from other students during examinations, there is collusion between students and supervisors, some smuggle material into the examination rooms and others purchase examination papers,” another part reads.
While announcing the KCSE results yesterday, Magoha said that the candidates had performed better than the 2019 candidates. In 2019, only 627 candidates, whereas 893 candidates scored A plain this year.
The Education CS also said that a total of 747,171 students would get admission to universities, colleges, and tertiary institutions.