KCSE Past Papers 2020 English Paper 1 (101/1)

  • Marking scheme English Paper 1 (101/1)

    Expect an application letter

    Format elements

    (6 marks)

  • Addressers’ address
  • Addressee’s address
  • Salutation- Dear sir/ madam
  • Date
  • Reference / heading
  • Closing – Yours faithfully/ sincerely if addressed to a particular person
  • Signature
  • Name of the writerContent


  • Reference to all the stated requirements
  • Ability in a variety of sports
  • Enthusiastic
  • Relevant experienceLanguage use


  • Place learner in appropriate linguistic ability as per the rubric provided below and award marks accordinglyGroup D (01 — 02 marks) Candidate does not communicate and their language ability is so minimal that the examiner has to guess what they intended to write.

    – Poor use of expressions

    – Poor use of punctuation marks

    – Hardly any correct sentences

    – Spelling errors

    (Broken usage must be identified).

    Group C (03 — 04 marks)

    – Lack of confidence in language use

    – Very simple sentences

    – All manner of grammatical errors

    – Mother tongue interference – Poor organization of ideas

    Group B (05 — 06 marks)

    – Communicates fluently, with ease of expression

    – Well-constructed sentences

    – Good use of vocabulary

    – Some errors

    Group A (07 — 08 marks)

    – Ease of expression with no errors of punctuation, spelling and grammar

    – Good planning/organization of ideas

    – Clever use of vocabulary and maturity in language use

    – Definite sparks

    2. (a) such

    (b) postponing

    (c) Ourselves

    (d) into

    (e) Why

    (f) even

    (g) requires

    (h) feelings/emotion

    (i) yet

    (j) vital/crucial

    3.(a)(i)– The invitation – The challenger invited the audience to a riddling session.

    – Acceptance – The audience accepted to participate in the session,

    – The challenge — The challenger posed a question

    – The response – The respondent made the correct answer 4 x 1 = 4 marks

    (ii) Children /Adults- children to children, adults to children, adults to adults riddling is usually done by children or adults posing riddles to one another to sharpen their wits/ create awareness of their environment.

    (iii) A prize would be given and the challenger would give the correct answer

    (b)(i) blew

    (ii) flower

    (iii) heir

    (iv) won

    (v) No

    (vi) Wood

    (c)(i) advice

    (ii) tribalism

    (iii) surprise

    (d)Give every member of a group a chance to make/their contributions to avoid one person dominating the discussion

  • Nominate the secretary to take notes to capture all the points made
  • Introduce the topic and the scope of discussion to maintain focus
  • Ensure proper turn taking for order in communication/avoid discouraging
  • Appreciate every person’s contribution to encourage participation
  • Ensure contributions are given through the chair to maintain order and for smooth turn taking
  • The chair to wind up to end discussion appropriately.(e) (i) The secretary receives the call rudely

    She interrupts Hamisi

    She dismisses him – There is no room…

    She fails introduce herself

    She hangs up without waiting for the conversation to end

    She assumes the role of the principal by giving categorical answers.


    What she said What she should have said
    Hello, who are you? Hello, how can I help you?
    The Principal is not in I am sorry the Principal is not in. Would you mind leaving a message?
    There is no room for more students I am afraid this years’ intake is closed. However, the next intake will be advertised soon.
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