The Kenya National Examinations Council, on Thursday, released the KCPE examination results.
Education Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Fred Matiangi in the company of KNEC Chairman, Prof George Magoha and Education PS Belio Kipsang first briefed President Kenyatta before releasing it to the public.
The highest scoring 2016 KCPE candidate managed 439 marks, 10 points lower than the highest score in the previous year. Also, only 5,190 obtained 400 marks and above compared to 7,560 in 2015.
201,986 students attained marks between 301 and 400. 499,568 scored between 201 and 300 and 215,614 scoring from 101 to 200 marks. Some 3,061 candidates managed less than 100 points.
952,021 candidates wrote the November tests which marks the transition from primary to secondary schools.
Of the total candidates, 50.3 percent were boys. 1,950 special-needs candidates also sat for the exams with the highest scoring managing 421 marks.
CS Matiangi congratulated all candidates, saying they would all receive their KCPE examination results as there was no case of cheating for the first time.
He said only 21 cases of malpractices and attempted cheating were reported.
In addition, the cabinet secretary said starting next year, all private candidates will have to write their tests from centers approved by the Education ministry to curb cheating.
Headteachers would also be required to register their candidates as one entity in one center. It was found out that schools seeking to do better were listing pupils in different centers.
The Cabinet Secretary also announced that starting next year, the government would be paying KCPE exams fees for all candidates.
Dr Matiangi, however, failed to meet the expectations or follow the recently passed law of announcing the schools and candidates in rank of performance, saying the law ordering the return to the old tradition took effect too late.