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Sad story of KCPE top performer who died hours before release of results

He was ranked position 3


Kanyonyo was found dead in his room on Sunday, a week after he underwent circumcision at a local hospital.


Even before his parents could come to terms with his death, Education CS Amina Mohamed released the KCPE results which showed Kanyonyo was ranked position three at Gatitutu Primary School – scoring an impressive 376 marks.

His uncle, Joseph Kamande, said the family was shocked at their son’s death given that he had been in perfect health and was recovering well from the circumcision wounds.

The uncle added that they were even saddened that Kanyonyo was not there to celebrate his impressive results.


A total of 1,052,364 pupils sat for the 2018 end of primary school education, with a total of 228,414 students scored between 301-400 marks.

Overall, 527,294 (50.1%) of this year's candidates were boys, while 525,070 (49.9%) were of the female gender.

According to the CS, female candidates performed better than their male counterparts in English, Kiswahili and Kenyan Sign Language.

The boy child performed better in Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Religious Studies.


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