List of top performers in 2023 KCPE; State Mute on 2.75pc NHIF Rate as New Fund Kicks in & Ruto’s Govt Responds to Azimio’s Demands of Scrapping Off Housing Tax & Reducing VAT on Fuel

The just released Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) results for 2023 present a nuanced picture of academic achievement, with improvements noted in only two subjects.

English Language and Kenyan Sign Language Composition emerged as the standout performers, signaling positive strides in these areas.

Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu highlighted that eight subjects experienced a slight decline in performance compared to the previous year.

English Composition, Kiswahili, Kiswahili Insha, Kenya Sign Language, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Religious Education all recorded a dip in scores.

CS Machogu provided insights into gender-based performance differences.

Female candidates outperformed their male counterparts in English, Kiswahili, and Kenyan Sign Language, emphasizing a commendable achievement.

However, male candidates showcased superior performance in Mathematics and Science.

The Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) enlisted the expertise of 5,692 examiners for the evaluation of English Composition, Kiswahili Insha, and Kenyan Sign Language Composition.

KNEC CEO Dr. David Njengere expressed appreciation for the collaborative efforts of field officers, emphasizing their crucial role in the successful administration of the 2023 KCPE exam.

The 2023 KCPE results unveil both areas of improvement and challenges, prompting a comprehensive review of the curriculum and teaching methodologies.

As the education sector strives for excellence, the collaboration between policymakers, educators, and examination bodies remains pivotal in shaping a brighter future for Kenya’s young learners.

Meanwhile, here are news stories making headlines on Opera News today;

State mute on 2.75pc NHIF rate as new Fund kicks in

The State has kept employees and employers guessing on how much they will pay to fund Kenya’s most ambitious social healthcare programme, days after appointing the board that will implement the plan.

This follows the delays in publishing the regulations that will reveal if the State will honour its promise to cap contributions at Sh5,000 in monthly deductions or stick with the 2.75 percent rate that will mean the most paid will contribute more to the fund.

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Ruto’s Govt Finally Responds to Azimio’s Demands of Scrapping Off Housing Tax & Reducing VAT on Fuel

Days after Azimio la Umoja one Kenya Coalition’s affiliated MPs threatened to resume mass action demonstrations should Ruto’s government fail to scrap off housing levy, National Treasury cabinet secretary Njuguna Ndung’u has finally responded.

Speaking via a report covered on Friday’s Standard publication, Ndung’u claimed there won’t be tax cuts as talks between the two political divides draws close.

According to Ndung’u, it will be difficult for the government to cut taxes but a tax review will be happen next year.

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List of top performers in 2023 KCPE

Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu on Thursday, released the results of the last cohort of the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE).

The CS said a total of 8,525 candidates scored 400 marks and above, with the highest student managing 428 marks.
Here is a list of KCPE candidates;

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