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Girls turn tables on boys in KCSE exam

Female candidates trounced their male counterparts in general performance of this year’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exam result were released yesterday by Education Cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i.

Out of all the 611,952 candidates who sat the examination compared to 574,125 candidates in 2016, 315,630 were male while 296,322 were female, representing 51.58 per cent and 48.42 per cent of the total candidature respectively.

Pangani Girls was ranked the most improved school in terms of performance nationally and also produced the top student, Karimi Naomi Kawira with an A Plain of 87.01 points.

Although male candidates performed better than female candidates in 23 out of the 31 subjects offered, female candidates performed better in English, Kiswahili, Christian Religious Education, Home Science, Art and Design and Electricity.

However, no female candidate registered for Metalwork subject. “This is an indication that the country is on the right path towards achieving gender parity in examinations enrollment, and indeed at the secondary school level.

The examination was taken in 9,701 examination centres across the country, compared to 9,154 in 2016. This represented an increase of 547 examination centres,” Matiang’i said. Additionally, 15 counties had more female than male candidates compared to 11 counties in 2016.

The are: Taita Taveta, Nyandarua, Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Murang’a, Kiambu, Machakos, Kitui, Meru, Makueni, Tharaka Nithi, Laikipia, Elgeyo Marakwet, Vihiga and Kisumu counties. Of this year’s candidates, 1,404 were special needs students.

Only 2,714 candidates got A-, compared to 4,645 A- in 2016. Out of the 142 student who scored A Plain, 61 and 81 were girls and boys respectively while 17,191 girls and 18,345 boys scored E respectively. Only 70,073 candidates have attained university entry mean grade of C+, with 142 candidates getting As. Last year, 88,929 attained university entry grades, while 141 got As.

Matiang’i said there has been a decline in candidates who got A-. But he noted that female candidates have performed better. In this year’s exam, Knec scaled up their workforce to 80, 062 professionals compared to 74,810 in 2016 with 9,968 supervisors, 35,348 invigilators, 19,388 security officers, 2,424 drivers and 9,694 centre managers or principals. There were also 405 sub-county commissioners, 1,620 security agents, 405 officials manning containers and 405 education officers.

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