Story Behind Viral Photo of Girl Reported as Topping KCPE

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Peris Chebet, a grade one student whose photo went viral on Thursday, April 15
  • A photo of a little girl, Peris Chebet, has been making rounds on social media with a section of netizens praising her for reportedly clinching 403 marks.

    kenyagist.com has since established that the little girl is a grade one student who was not a candidate in the 2020 KCPE examinations.

    Intergrated Education for Community Empowerment (IECE), a non-governmental organisation, dismissed the allegations saying that its employees had taken the photo in March while in the line of duty.

    IECE said Chebet was a pupil at one of its partner schools and was yet to sit for KCPE. 

    Peris Chebet, a grade one student whose photo went viral on Thursday, April 15
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    “We have come across different accounts sharing this image with varying false information relating to 2020 KCPE results. Kindly disregard all,” reads an excerpt of its notice.

    IECE, in partnership with Malteser International and German Humanitarian Assistance, has been running a Covid-19 response project in Nairobi’s informal settlements.

    Chebet went viral on Thursday evening, April 15, after Education CS George Magoha announced the KCPE 2020 results.

    In the photo, she was wearing a brown tattered sweater, suggesting that she was from a poor background but had defied all odds to get the good grades. 

    This touched individuals and organisations who vowed to support the girl.

    1,179,182 million candidates sat the KCPE exam between March 22 and March 24, 2021. 590,450 of the candidates were boys representing (50.07%) while 588,742 were girls representing (49.93%).

    Form one selection is expected to take place on May 28, 2021 and the Education ministry announced that all students would transition to secondary schools.

    9000 scholarships will be awarded by the government to students from needy backgrounds.

    Education CS George Magoha releasing KCPE 2020 exams at Mitihani house in Nairobi
    Education CS George Magoha releasing KCPE 2020 exams at Mitihani house in Nairobi
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  • Source: KENYAGIST.COM

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