Girls Lead in 2017 KCSE As Number Of Those Set To Join University Reduces From Last Year

Education CS, Fred Matiang'i
CS Education, Fred Matiang’i

142 students have managed to score a mean grade of A plain in this year’s Kenya Certificate Secondary Examination (KCSE), an improvement by one from 2016 where 141 had scored the same.

Releasing the results at the Nairobi School, Education CS Dr Fred Matiang’i noted that the number of A minuses have dropped by half from 2016. Only 2,714 candidates down from 4,645 in the previous year.

Matiang’i also pointed out that the number of candidates that will make the university cut has dropped from last year’s. In 2016, 88,928 candidates attained C plus and above.

Girl Schools, the CS said have performed better in this year’s examination; with the top student, Karimi Naomi from Pangani Girls’ High School scoring an A mean grade of 87.011 points.

Pangani Girls is also the most improved school with Alliance Girls and Kenya High School showing consistency in their performance.

Matiang’i who is also the Acting CS for interior ministry said that improvement was noted in 13 subjects, among them English, Mathematics, Geography where girls outdid the boys as well.

He also put on the spot 40 teachers who were caught ‘prematurely opening examinations.’ The teachers will be dealt with and if found culpable will be deregistered.

CEO Teachers’ Service Commission (TSC), Nancy Macharia said that teachers would face the law and in the same breath put on notice private schools that absorb deregistered teachers.

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Se also said that principals who have served for over 9 years in one school will be de-localized.

The CS has also promised to make an example of schools and school heads that aided in exam malpractices, adding that 10 schools will have their exam results withheld.

Earlier on while receiving the results, President Uhuru Kenyatta directed that the CS in conjunction with the Ministry of Health to enroll all 3 million secondary school students into the NHIF programme with effect from January 2018.

The head of state also directed that TSC rewards principals, schools and subject teachers who excelled to promote continued high performance.

Candidates can receive their results by sending their index numbers to 22252.

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