Thirty seven candidates from Waitua Primary school in Kandara Sub County, Murang’a were left in confusion after their KCPE results nullified by Kenya National Examination Council (Knec) due to exam malpractices.
The students who were among 45 registered candidates from the school missed marks for science subject following examination cheating.
The school was the only affected in the whole county with other schools showed great improvement the national examinations.
The County Education Quality Assurance Officer Mr. Ignatius Kairuki said they will visit Waitua primary to establish want contributed to the cancelation of the exams.
Kariuki said in this year’s KCPE, 114 students garnered more that 400 marks adding that the number dropped from 124 students in year 2014.
Private schools performed better than public schools with St. Paul Thomas Academy in Marugua emerging the best school in the county with a mean score of 382, followed closely by St. Veronica with 381.7 and the third was Bishop Kairu Education centre which had a mean score of 376.
In the public schools category, Technology Primary school in Murang’a town was the top with mean score of 359, followed by Kibutha Boarding primary school from Kangema Sub County which garnered mean score of 340 and the third best school was Vidhu Ramji with average marks of 331.
Eric Gachui from Bishop Kairu Education Centre was the best boy in the county scoring 428 marks and Beth Mujiru Kamau from Benedito Highway Complex emerging the best girl with 422.
The performance of St. Martins Primary school in Kahuro Sub County which lost seven candidates in Indian Ocean tragedy in August dropped from mean score of 358 in 2014 to 343.87 this year.
The school’s head teacher Mr. Peter Maina attributed the poor performance to the tragedy that affected the class eight pupils who were on academic trip to coast.
Meanwhile Kigumo MP who was speaking at his constituency supported the ban of ranking schools saying the move will minimize examination cheating.
Kamau said that cheating of examinations is unethical behavior being carried out at the expense of the candidates’ future noting that the vice should be fought head on to avert such recurrences of irregularities in future.
He accused teachers and other education stakeholders who perpetrate cheating of exams saying pupils are innocent but only influenced to cheat by their trainers.
By Bernard Munyao