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Google Insights for Search in Kenya show January 2011 a month of educational searches.

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New Form One selection policy springs “KCPE” to top list of fastest rising searches in Kenya.

The Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) account for seven out of the 10 fastest rising searches made by Kenyan internet users, as revealed by Google Insights for Search in the month of January 2011.

Google has released its monthly search results using Google Insights, a tool that provides insights into Internet search trends, showing that exam-related searches were by far the most prominent in the list of fastest rising searches over the last 30 days.

The results reflect the concern over the new students selection policy recently introduced by the Ministry of Education, where the government secured more places in National schools for pupils from public primary schools. The new policy has seen 206,000 of the 746,107 pupils miss out on placement in High School.

Fastest Rising searches: Kenya  last 30 days

  1. kcpe 2010
  2. kcpe 2010 results
  3. knec results
  4. www.knec.ac.ke
  5. kcpe results
  6. kcpe
  7. knec
  8. uniplus
  9. helb
  10. kenyan jobs

Featuring at the bottom of the list are searches for jobs and financial aid. ‘helb’, coming in ninth position, offers loans for higher education students, suggesting that the internet is increasingly used for financial aid applications, scholarship searches, and other activities.

Web Search Interest: Kenya Police.

Around the globe, there was an upsurge in the search term ‘Kenya Police’ after news broke out that their website had been hacked and then, a few weeks later, media reports that Kenyan Police had killed suspected robbers at point blank range. In the latter incident, the Internal Security Minister came to the defence of the robbers, provoking a public debate led by civil society.

Zeitgeist Explained

Google reveals the internet “Zeitgeist” (German for “the spirit of the times”) through an exploration of the billions of search queries we receive each year. We also have several tools that give insight into global, regional, past and present search trends. Google Zeitgeist tools can never be used to identify individual users because we rely on anonymized, aggregated counts of how often certain search queries occur over time. These tools are available year-round for you to play with, explore, and learn from.  You can create your own lists and rankings on www.google.com/zeitgeist

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5 Comments

  1. James Kairu
    February 2, 2011 at 8:40 am — Reply

    Good report but with one flaw “The new policy has seen 206,000 of the 746,107 pupils miss out on placement in High School”. Probably a review from Google’s local chiefs. Not enough Form 1 places because of the new policy? Really. A good example of how the internet is powerful in misinformation.

  2. February 2, 2011 at 10:37 am — Reply

    The only conclusion I can make from those search results the searchers were looking for http://www.knec.ac.ke. The majority of users don’t know that, to find a website, you type the domain name on the address bar.

    The same behaviour can been seen on Kenya top ten searches for 2010. Facebook, yahoo mail and gmail

    Many are still not web savvy.

  3. February 2, 2011 at 10:48 am — Reply

    Hey, jus tried the insight tool, http://www.google.com/insights/search/#geo=KE&date=today%201-m&cmpt=geo
    Am wondering – what did KU do to deserve such a high hit?

  4. February 4, 2011 at 7:13 am — Reply

    Well, thanks for the google insights link, really. Always wanted to get an insight on searches.

    I actually agree with KCSE being a google high in Kenya. “KCSE Results 2010” had got my website a lot of traffic in the past month.

    With KNEC turning to the internet for registration, things seem to be on the same path. However, I find KNEC misguided in think online registration is a good thing for students right now.

  5. February 24, 2012 at 11:20 pm — Reply

    This is insightful i had no idea….

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