NAIROBI, Kenya, DEC 29 — Only 141 students scored an A in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examination (KCSE) exams, a 94 per cent decline from the previous year when 2,685 students scored an A in 2015.
The results according to Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, are attributable to a clampdown on cheating and he reported that no results were cancelled as a result.
The 2015 results were marred by a record number of irregularities at 5,101.
Students who scored A- also reduced to 4,645 from 12,069 in 2015 while those who scored B+ reduced by 50 per cent to 10,972 from 21,927.
Those with Grade B-plain declined to 17,216 from 33,460.
In contrast students who scored D-plain to E registered significant increases.
Number of Es rose from 5,350 in 2015 to 33,399, while 149,929 students scored a D- up from 48,658.
Those who scored D-plain were 112,135, compared to 79,555 in 2015, while those who scored C- were 61,026, C-Plain were 44,792 and those with a C+ mean score were 32,207.
Meanwhile, President Uhuru Kenyatta has directed the Kenya National Examinations Council to cease use of index numbers and instead assign unique identifiers to students at registration which they can use through the course of their education.