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Boys performed better in Mathematics, Science and Social and Religious Studies in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination results released yesterday.
On the other hand, girls fared better in English, Kenya Sign Language and Kiswahili according to data from the Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec).
The data also shows a 6.9 per cent increase in the number of female candidates registered in 23 out of the 47 counties.
“We have witnessed an increase in female students in this year’s KCPE and we would like to encourage the public to have more confidence in the girl child. This is an indication that girl child education is now being taken seriously,” said Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed while releasing the results at the Star of the Sea Primary School in Mombasa.
Some of the counties that registered increased number of female students are Mombasa, Kilifi, Makueni, Machakos, Nairobi, Bungoma, Kakamega, Kisii, Kericho and Uasin Gishu.
An estimated 1.6 million candidates sat for the 2018 exams with 12,273 scoring above 400 marks.
Some 234,573 candidates garnered between 301 and 400 marks while the bulk of 574,927 ranked between 200 and 300 marks. Those who scored between 0 and 100 were 2,177.
The CS said early pregnancies have adversely affected the girl-child education this year. She urged parents to monitor their children.
“Let’s take our responsibility seriously as parents, and especially during this holiday season. Two months is not a long time for you to monitor your children,” she said. Knec chair George Magoha accused parents of failing to protect their children from sex pests.
“Let’s stop crying foul over teenage pregnancies. Parents are responsible for the mess,” he said, adding some parents view their children as a burden and neglect them.
He, together with the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) chief executive Nancy Macharia, however, commended teachers, saying they delivered under pressure.
Macharia said teachers who “went beyond the call of duty” will be awarded by the TSC and their names recommended for Head of State’s Commendation. This year’s results were released two days earlier than last year. In previous years, KCPE results were released just after Christmas and KCSE moved to the following year.