Analyzing the Trends and Breakdown of 2023 KCPE Exams Results

On Thursday, November 23, 2023, Education CS Ezekiel Machogu made a highly anticipated announcement—the release of results for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE). This disclosure not only highlighted academic achievements but also offered valuable insights into the performance spectrum among our nation’s primary school candidates.

The top scorer for the 2023 KCPE impressively secured 428 out of a possible 500 marks, achieving commendable success. However, it’s crucial to acknowledge that this revelation only pertains to the limited number of candidates who exceeded the 400 marks threshold—specifically, a mere 8,525 individuals. CS Machogu clarified that this figure represents only 0.60% of the total exam takers, providing crucial insights into our academic landscape.

The KCPE examinations attracted a staggering 1,415,315 candidates, standing as a significant educational milestone. This figure alone underscores the scale and importance of these tests. Breaking down the scores further, it becomes evident that performance diversity is pronounced, offering an insightful picture of how each student fared.

2,060 pupils achieved marks ranging from 0 to 99. Specifically, the distribution was as follows:

383,025 pupils achieved marks in the range of 100-199, constituting our dataset.
650,278 pupils achieved marks in the range of 200-299.
352,782 pupils received marks in the range of 300-399, specifically achieving a mark of 352.
8,525 pupils achieved a score of 400-500 marks.
In the previous year, the highest attainable score was 431 marks. Comparing this to our current results reflects a slight decrease in achievement, indicating that we have fallen short. In terms of the top position for 2022 held by Otieno Lewis Omondi from St. Peters Mumias Boys Primary School…

In 2022, the scores provide a detailed breakdown as follows:

9,443 candidates scored 400 and above.
Candidates in the range of 300-399 totaled 307,756.
A total of 619,593 candidates fell within the range of 200-299.
The count reveals 296,336 candidates within the range of 100-199.
There are 724 candidates in the range of 1-99.
The total number of candidates is 1,233,852.
Notably, we are still in the process of compiling a list, including only schools with candidates who achieved scores of 400 marks or higher. Once this compilation is complete, an exhaustive and comprehensive list will be published.

These statistics provide a valuable insight into Kenya’s educational landscape, highlighting individual excellence and the expansive distribution of scores throughout the country. Policymakers, educators, and students will undoubtedly reference these results as they navigate an evolving educational sector.


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