Seventy thousand and seventy three (70, 073) students, who sat the 2017 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination attained minimum qualification grade of C+ (Plus) required to join public universities, representing 11.38 per cent of the 615, 773 candidates who sat for the national tests.
Male candidates dominated the fraction of students set to join public universities with 41, 687 (59.58 per cent) scoring mean grade C+ (Plus) and above.
Twenty eight thousand three hundred and eighty six (28, 386) female candidates, representing 40.51 per cent, qualified for university admission.
The number of students set to join public universities after 2017 KCSE exam has dropped by 18, 856 compared to last year’s candidates, who registered 88, 929 students (15.41 per cent) with mean grade C+ (Plus) and above.
Eighty one male students scored A (Plain) in this year’s KCSE, 1, 813 scored A- (Minus), 4, 596 attained mean grade B+ (Plus), 7, 738 scored B (Plain), 11, 631 scored B- (Minus) and 15, 828 scored C+ (Plus) to complete the list of students who qualified to join universities.
Sixty one (61) female candidates, on the other hand, scored mean grade A (Plain) in 2017 KCSE, 901 attained A-(Minus), 2, 748 scored B+ (Plus), 4, 890 attained mean grade B (Plain), 7, 754 scored B- (Minus) and 12, 032 scored C+ (Plus) in the national tests.
The total number of candidates who scored mean grade A (Plain) are 142, A (Minus) are 2, 714, B+ (Plus) are 7, 344, B (Plain) are 12, 628, B- (Minus) are 19, 385 and 27, 860 scored mean grade C+ (Plus).
While releasing the 2017 KCSE results at the Nairobi School on Wednesday, December 20, Education Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i noted that this year’s students registered improved performances in 13 subjects, among them English, Mathematics and Geography.
Mr Matiang’i also revealed that county and extra-county schools posted commendable results in this year’s KCSE compared to last year.
The schools which registered notable performances, and got a mention by the CS, include: Kenya High School, Alliance High School and Pangani Girls’ High School. Kenya High School recorded the highest number of students with A (Plain) in this year’s KCSE.
Mr Matiang’i said that this year’s KCSE results were released nine days earlier compared to last year because the ministry hired a bigger number of exam professionals, who supervised and took part in the marking of tests.
The ministry hired 80, 000 exam professionals to monitor and mark this year’s exams. The number of examiners, who worked at 25 marking centres in Nairobi and its environs, was increased to 20, 000 from last year’s 16, 000.
Marking of 2017 KCSE exams began on November 17 and ended on December 17.
This year’s KCSE top performer, Karimi Naomi Kawira, who scored an A (Plain) and a mean score of 87.011, came from Pangani Girls’ High School in Nairobi.
The second best performer is Sharon Chepchumba from Moi Girls’ High, Eldoret. She attained a mean score of 86.830.
Other top performers are: Kamau Brian Maina from Alliance High School (86. 757), Odero Donatta from Lenana School (86.561), Harriet Mueke from Mary Hills High School (85.956), Brian Ongiri Okundi from Kanga High School (85.944), Moraa Mong’ina from Pangani Girls’ High School (85.910), Mwathathe Emily from Pangani Girls’ High School (85.883), Wahome Cherry Wanjiku from Moi Girls’ High School in Eldoret among others.
Sing’ore Girls’ High School from Elgeyo-Marakwet County topped this year’s KCSE with a performance index of 69.9 per cent. The school registered 271 candidates.
Light Academy from Mombasa County, which had 28 candidates, came second with a performance index of 69.15 per cent.
Alliance Girls’ High School, which registered 394 candidates, followed at position three with a performance index of 68.6 per cent.
CS Matiang’i revealed that ten secondary schools’ results are being held as probe into exam irregularities allegedly committed by the management and students of those centres are ongoing. Mr Matiang’i said the ministry will make public its findings on the probe of the ten unnamed schools on January 18, 2018.
The Education CS revealed that President Uhuru Kenyatta has directed Attorney General Githu Muigai to expedite legal processes instituted against previous and 2017 exam cheats. He said 700 cases of exam irregularities were recorded in 2015 and 40 in 2016.
Mr Matiang’i put on notice teachers who do not give their best when imparting knowledge to their students.
“This year we noticed frustrating, desperate attempts by some teachers to open exam papers before time – some attempted to do that 30 minutes to exam time; principals included. Some of our teachers are not teaching, and they were desperate to have the candidates pass the exams by all means so that they can cover up for their actions. We will act on rogue teachers without mercy,” he said.