NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 28 – Albert Kamau of Moi High School Kabarak is last year\’s top candidate in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary of Education KCSE) examinations.
Allan Marube from Alliance High came in second followed by Joshua Obinchu of Maranda High School.
Boys edged girls in the results scooping eight of the top 10 positions.
Alliance High School and Moi High School Kabarak each got three positions in the top 10, followed by Kenya High which had two girls in the top 10 slots.
In 2009, boys last year dominated the top 10 positions in the KCSE results with the first girl coming in the 11th position nationally.
David Ndung\’u of Mangu High School emerged the best candidate in the 2009 results with 87.26 points.
Releasing the 2010 results, the Education Minister Sam Ongeri noted that the examination performance had generally improved.
He said candidates who scored grade C+ (plus) and above to qualify for university admission increased from 81,048 candidates in 2009 to 97,134 candidates last year.
Some 357,488 candidates sat the examinations in 6,004 centres across the country.
Prof Ongeri said: “There was general improvement in performance recorded across the country."
The candidate who scored grade D and above who are considered for further higher learning training presented an 87 percent increase from 85 percent in 2009.
Examination irregularities dropped to 534 (0.14 percent) down from 1,171 in 2009 representing the lowest number for cheating in the last 10 years.
"I thank all those who have participated in the war against this vice. Let\’s work hard until we zero rate it," he said.
Three head teachers and a proprietor were caught facilitating cheating during the exams. They were apprehended and charged in court, the minister said.
He however regretted that some candidates collected money in advance with the intention to purchase examination papers.
"Some parents facilitated cheating by taking mobile phones to their daughters in boarding schools during prayer days," Prof Ongeri said.
In another case the Principal of St Triza Academy in Ruiru entered the examination room without permission when a mathematical examination was in progress and placed a mathematical table with prepared notes on a desk of one candidate.
Prof Ongeri said it was disturbing the lengths parents and school head went to in a bid to ensure their children performed well. He cited the two incidents where police botched an impersonation plot by school administrators.
"The proprietor of John Okongo Secondary School and the principal of Kebaroti Secondary School organised for impersonation in their schools, to assist the daughter of the proprietor who was a candidate in the same school." Ongeri said.
The top 10 schools include Alliance High School followed by Precious Blood Riruta, Bahati Girls, Maranda High, Alliance Girls, Moi High School Kabarak, Moi Girls-Eldoret, The Kenya High School, Starehe Girls Centre and Strathmore School
Prof Ongeri said the quota system of selecting candidates to join national secondary schools will continue to ensure the poor candidates from public schools access the best schools.
He said the process of elevating some provincial schools to national schools to enhance national cohesion has also begun with a task force headed by Education Ministry PS, James ole Kiyiapi already spearheading the process.
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