By Peter Leftie:
Only 141 candidates managed to score a mean grade of A-plain in this year’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination, a shocking drop from 2,636 candidates who attained the grade last year.
Releasing the results at Shimo la Tewa High School in Mombasa on Thursday, Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i had even more shocking news — that only 88,928 candidates attained C-plus and above in the 2016 examination.
This number compares with 169,492 candidates who managed the grades of C-plus and above in 2015.
The shock results could be symptomatic of the culture of examination cheating and leakages that has clouded national examinations in the past several years.
Dr Matiang’i also said no results were cancelled in this year’s examinations.
Candidates can receive their results by sending their index number to SMS code 22252. The SMS cost is Sh25.
The results of 5,000 candidates were cancelled last year because of irregularities.
The number of straight A’s in this year’s examination was much lower than those scored by candidates from some top schools in the previous year.
For instance, schools that managed over 141 straight A’s in the 2015 KCSE examination included Moi High School Kabarak (202) and Alliance High School (200), among others.
Dr Matiang’i captured the extent of the drop in performance when he stated that some schools that previously managed 196 straight A’s could hardly manage 15 this year.
“Last year, schools which produced 196 straight As could not produce 15,” he noted.
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