Education Cabinet Secretary, George Magoha, officially released KCPE 2020 results today at Mtihani house at Knec headquarters in Nairobi.
Magoha released results after meeting president Uhuru Kenyatta at State house.
Female candidates from public schools topped the KCPE 2020 exam.
Faith Mumo emerged top with 433 marks.
The top four students were from public schools.
The top candidate, Mumo Faith Kawii scored 433 compared to 440 marks scored by the best 2019 candidate.
Others who performed well are Wesonga Yuvet Nanzala and Murithii Angel Gakenia who tied with 432 marks, followed by Samuel Wanyonyi 431, Castro William 431, Maureen Tarus 431, Abiud Kipkurui 430, Margaret Mwangi 430, Dennis Omondi 429, Joyce Nkatha 429.
Girls performed slightly better in English, Kiswahili and Kenyan Sign Language.
A total of 1,181,725 registered for the exam but only 1,179,182 candidates sat for the KCPE exams this year after the school calendar 2020 was disrupted by Covid-19
A total of 2,543 candidates who registered for the KCPE exam did not sit the test, KNEC CEO Mercy Karogo said during release of results.
A total of 12,000 candidates were absent during exams.
Among 3,500 girls in primary school who were found to be pregnant, more than 200 candidates sat for the exam.
The KCPE exams were delayed as a result of Covid-19 pandemic.
Over 4,000 examiners were contracted to mark Insha and Composition papers. This represnt seventy percent of total examiners contracted by Knec to mark the KCPE exams.
Also present was Teachers Service Commission (TSC) CEO Dr. Nancy Macharia who asked teachers taking part in marking of KCSE exams to get vaccinated before travelling to Nairobi for the exercise.
She said teachers should visit the 622 vaccine centres to get vaccinated.
Macharia announced that at least 15 primary school teachers have died since the Covid-19 pandemic struck the country in March 2020.
“We have lost three deputy head teachers and eight head teachers to the pandemic,” she said.
Macharia said going forward, the commission has come up with measures to protect all teachers from the virus.
“First we instructed our medical health insurance provider to cover all teachers against Covid-related ailments which they have since complied with,” Macharia said.
Macharia congratulated teachers for braving the pandemic to ensure the national exams are a success.
PS Julius Jwan said that arrangements are being made to ensure teachers involved in KCSE marking exercise get to marking centres safely.
Magoha asked parents take good care of their children to ensure they take up their form 1 places in July.