Performance of Candidates

Performance of Candidates

The overall performance of candidates in the 2014 KCPE based on their standardized scores remained relatively the same when compared to that of last year. In the 2014 KCPE examination , the number of candidates with an aggregate of 251 marks and above was 436,814 representing 49.61% of the total candidates with who took the examination, while in 2013, the number of candidates with 251 marks and above was 417,483, representing 49.71% of the total candidates who took the examination. 

This clearly indicates that despite the increase in candidature in the 2014 KCPE examination, candidates’ performance remained comparable to that of last year.

At this juncture, I wish to dispel the notion that KNEC deducts marks from candidates in private schools and adds them to candidates in public schools by stating that the standardization of candidates’ raw scores is undertaken uniformly for the entire cohort of candidates irrespective of the schools they come from. I wish further to add that standardization of raw marks is an internationally recognized and accepted psychometrics procedure and offers many advantages when compared to the use of raw scores especially when the purpose of an examination is selection from one level to the next.

I further wish to note that the KCPE examination is a Norm Referenced examination which aims at comparing a candidate’s performance to the of the other candidates taking examination. During the year 2014 KCPE examination, candidates attained aggregate scores as follows:

 

RANGE OF MARKS

NUMBER OF CANDIDATES

% OF TOTAL CANDIDATES

401- 450

5,584

0.64%

351- 400

55,491

6.32%

301 – 350

138,459

15.78%

251 – 300

232,152

26.45%

201 – 250

245,942

28.02%

151 – 200

144,838

16.50%

101 – 150

49,100

5.59%

051 – 100

6,051

0.69%

00-050

50

0.01%

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