Education CS Fred Matiang'i hands President Uhuru Kenyatta a report of the 2016 KCSE exams on Thursday, December 29, 2016. [Photo/PSCU]
Education CS Fred Matiang'i hands President Uhuru Kenyatta a report of the 2016 KCSE exams on Thursday, December 29, 2016. [Photo/PSCU]

Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has announced that starting 2017, students will be given special registration numbers that would be used during examinations, instead of the usual Index numbers.

Speaking during the announcement of 2016 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examination (KCSE) results at Shimo La Tewa High School in Mombasa on Thursday, Matiang’i said that the move is aimed at eliminating bias in marking of exams and promote fairness.

Matiang’i stated that unlike in the past where students’ indexes partially influenced how exams were marked, registration numbers would usher in a new dawn in the education system where the same numbers will be used in all levels of education – from primary to secondary and University.

Prior to releasing the results, Matiang’i had a meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta to brief him on the results and measures that the Ministry is taking to better the standard of education.

“Before I came here I had a meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta who reassured his commitment to improve the standards of education in the country,” CS Matiang’i said

He further lauded a move by his team to tame cheating saying: “There is need to ensure honesty in our education system to enable every child get the results they deserve.”

In total 88,929 students had C+ and above, out of which 141 students got A while 4,645 students got A-. 10,975 students got B+.

Just like was the case with KCPE, no KCSE results were cancelled.

Out of the top 20 students in the country, 16 are girls while only four are boys in what is evidently a deviation from past results.

CS Matiang’i further called on the country to support his efforts to transform the education sector to ensure transparency and integrity of the system.

Other speakers at the function include Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) chairperson Prof George Magoha, Teachers Service Commission (TSC) chair Nancy Macharia and Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang.

To get their results, candidates have been asked to SMS their index number to 22252.

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