NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 3 – King’ori Tom Wanderi of Alliance High School and Kivuva Angela Nzisa of Moi High School Kabarak were the top performing boy and girl in the 2013 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination.
Wanderi who scored an average of 87.11 percent was followed by Aloo Shem of Maranda High School who was the second best performing student nationally.
Just as their candidates, Alliance High School and Moi High School Kabarak were the best performing schools followed by Precious Blood Riruta and Kapsabet Boys.
Overall, the boys outperformed the girls according to Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi, “There were more top male candidates; we’re talking about 70.21 percent compared with our sisters, 29.79 percent.”
And while most of the candidates who sat the examination remained boys, more growth was registered from the girls at four percent compared to one percent in boys.
“While this trend is positive, we need to put interventions in place so as to ensure that the boy child is not disadvantaged. I am instructing the Education Secretary to put in place such interventions before it is too late,” Kaimenyi directed.
Kaimenyi also directed the Directorate of Quality Assurance and Standards to investigate why there was a decline in the performance of English, Mathematics, Chemistry, Geography and Agriculture in 2013 as compared to 2012.
“Have you seen some of the text messages we send? Unbelievable. It is not helping all of us; that I can tell you. So we need to be careful because if we take this trend, even writing letters to our loved ones will be in ‘sheng’ and these short messages,” he cautioned.
There was however registered improvement in Kiswahili, Biology, Physics, History and Government, Christian Religious Education and Business Studies with the number of those scoring a mean grade of A increasing from 1,975 in 2012 to 2,722 candidates in 2013.
Fewer students, as compared to 2012, however managed to attain the C+ required for admittance into University.
“The actual number of candidates with C+ and above in 2013 is 123,365. A drop of 0.9 percent when compared to the 2012 results. If you ask me why, the closure of the schools during last year’s General Election and the strike might have led to this,” he speculated.
The number of candidates disqualified for exam cheating however rose at 3,353 candidates and to combat which Kaimenyi said they would as of 2014 enforce a three year ban on sitting examinations for those found cheating.
“Another trend that is on the increase involves candidates chewing and swallowing unauthorised prepared notes to the extent that when one of them was caught, a lady, almost choked,” he testified.
He also said he would be writing to Chief Justice Willy Mutunga to appeal for the expedited hearing of exam related offences in the interest of justice.
Kaimenyi also cautioned that come 2014, those who write only their names and index numbers on examination papers will not be graded and directed the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) to put in place a minimum mark candidates must attain in order to qualify for grading.
At the county level, Samburu retained the top spot as the top performing county with Siaya, Elgeyo Marakwet and West Pokot following suit while Kiambu, Nakuru, Kakamega and Nairobi registered the highest number of candidates with 10,347 more sitting the examination than in 2012.
Top 10 students nationally
1. Kingori Tom – Alliance High School
2. Aloo Shem – Maranda High
3. Kivuva Angela – Moi Kabarak
4. Norah Chelagat – Precious Blood Riruta
5. Osoro Brian – Nairobi School
6. Mukoji Benson – Chavakali
7. Magoha Mwadime – Nairobi School
8. Fidel Odhiambo – Maranda
9. Biwott Brenda – Kenya High
10. Okonda Joseph – Alliance High School
Top 10 schools nationally
1. Alliance H/school – A-
2. Moi High School Kabarak – A-
3. Precious Blood Riruta – A-
4. Kapsabet Boys – A-
5. Maseno School – A-
6. Molo Academy – A-
7. Strathmore School – A-
8. Chavakali High School- A-
9. Mary Hill Girls High School – A-
10. Kenya High School – A-
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