The Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) has disowned the list ranking top schools in the KCSE results that were released on Monday, May 10.
In a statement, the examination body stated that the list released for top schools and which had been circulated widely on social media was false.
KNEC further advised the public to ignore the list circulating adding that it did not commission the ranking.
”We wish to advise the public to ignore lists circulating in social media purported to be the genuine ranking of KCSE Examination results. The Council has not ranked schools in the results released. All lists are therefore fake,” KNEC noted.
In the now disputed list, Kenya High School was ranked the top school with a mean score of 10.467 followed by Kapsabet Boys with 10.11.
The Ministry of Education observed that ranking individual students and schools created fierce competition which sometimes led to departure from teaching to preparation for passing examinations and cheating.
“In their effort to obtain high grades, students and sometimes teachers resort to various forms of cheating designed to give a candidate unfair advantage over others.
“This takes many forms including copying from other students during examinations, collusion between students and supervisors, use of material smuggled into the examination rooms and purchasing of examination papers,” an education report revealed.
On the students part, ranking made the weak ones to be registered in the low ranked schools further lowering their mean scores and affected promotions to senior positions.
There were those who felt that ranking was unfair because competition was skewed by a number of factors for example, schools did not have level playing ground as they were diversified in terms of availability of resources and the entry behaviour of the students.
While announcing the KCSE 2020 results on Monday, May 10, Magoha stated that the class of 2020 had improved as compared to the class of 2019. 893 students scored A plain as compared to 627 candidates in 2019.
He also noted that all 747,171 students would be enrolled to higher education, tertiary institutions through KUPPS.