Aggrey Akhanyinya of St Joseph’s Academy in Kakamega is this year’s top candidate in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education after scoring 449 marks out of the possible 500.

“I worked very hard and you can see the results, when I grow up Iwant to become a neurosurgeon,” he said.

He is followed by Wilson Muragu, Linus Munene Kirianki and Collins Kipkoech of Chelsa Academy in Bomet who tied with 446 marks.

“I would like to join Alliance High School and my career aspiration is to become an Aeronautical engineer,” Collins said.

Felistus Onduso of Gilgil Hills Academy who scored 445 marks is the top girl nationally followed by Naomi Gakui of Happy Land Buru Buru came third with 442.

Trezzor Birhange tied with Daniel Ngira with 441 marks.

Tender Care Junior Academy in Komarock is among the schools that produced the top candidates, after Osman Ali scored 440 marks.

Other schools that produced candidates with high marks are Consolata Primary School, Nairobi, St. Juliana Academy, Strathmore, Kitengela, Maryhill Stead School, Nyeri among others.

More than seven thousand candidates scored 400 marks and above in this year’s KCPE results released on Wednesday morning by Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i.

A total of 937,467 candidates sat this year’s KCPE examinations which were dogged by widespread cheating across the country, raising serious concerns on integrity of the exams.

Under the new ranking, school names are not given as used to be the case two years ago.

Matiang’i said private schools performed better in this year’s KCPE results released on Wednesday morning, although he did not give the comprehensive results which are only given to the County Education Directors.

He decried the decline in public schools’ Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination mean score, which went down by seven points.

Candidates and parents interested in the results were asked to send their index numbers to 22252 to be able to get their scores.

Matiang’i challenged the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) to put in place tough measures to eliminate cheating in the examinations.

“There is no shortcut in this issue, we must eliminate this nonsense,” he said.

Matiang’i said that he is acting on firm instructions from President Uhuru Kenyatta to eliminate cheating in national examinations.

He said the cheating menace is raising very serious concerns because it threatens the integrity and quality of the country’ education system.

“We must all agree as responsible people that we must bring to this matter of examination cheating to an end once and for all,” he said. -CAPITAL FM