, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 20 – A total 142 students managed to score a mean grade of A in this year’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination results.
According to Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi, this was just one grade above the performance in 2016 where 141 A’s were registered.
Speaking during the release of the exam results, the Cabinet Secretary further stated that there was half a decline in the number of A- putting the number at 2,714 compared to last years’ 4,645.
“The number of candidates attaining the highest overall Mean Grade (A Plain) in the KCSE examination remained almost equal in 2016 and 2017. There were 142 (0.02pc) candidates who obtained an overall Mean Grade A in the 2017 KCSE examination compared to 141 (0.02pc) in the year 2016,” he stated.
Matiangi expressed disappointment that the number of those who qualified to go to university had also declined.
“Overall, the number of candidates with minimum university entry qualification of Mean Grade C+ and above is 70,073 (11.38pc) in the 2017 KCSE examination compared to 88,929 (15.41pc) in 2016,” he stated.
Individual candidate results can be accessed by sending a candidate’s index number through a Short Message Service to 22252.
Last year, all the 88,929 candidates who scored between A and C+ in the Form Four examination got places in public universities. The figure represented 15.41 per cent of the total number of students who sat for KCPE 2016.
In 2015 KCSE, 169,492 (32.23 per cent) attained mean grade C+ and above.
The CS also noted an improvement in performance in 13 subjects, among them English, Mathematics and Geography.
He further revealed that female candidates performed better than their male counterparts in this year’s KCSE, with the female candidates beating their male counterparts in six subjects.
County and extra-county schools also 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 Pangani Girls’ High School, Kenya High School and Alliance High School.
Kenya High School also recorded the highest number of As in this year’s KCSE.