Samburu County’s performance in the 2015 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exam dropped by 7 per cent due to insecurity in Samburu North and Samburu East, according to Ministry of Education.
The County Director of Education James Nyaga says 1,498 candidates who sat KCSE examinations in 2015 recorded a mean score of 5.43, a drop from 5.86 in 2014.
Only seven of the 18 schools improved in their performance by 38.8 per cent while the rest dropped by 61.11 per cent.
Increased insecurity and high tension as a result of conflicts between Turkana and Samburu communities in the two sub counties ahead of the examinations affected performance of candidates who sat the exam in the region, according to Mr Nyaga.
The mean score for all secondary schools in Samburu North Sub-County, among them Baragoi Mixed, Baragoi Boys, Baragoi Girls, Tuum girls and Uaso Boys in Samburu East, dropped as a result of livestock-related conflicts between communities living in the region, the education officer said.
He said the number of students who scored a mean score of A- in 2015 reduced to five from 13 in 2014.
Those who scored a B+ dropped to 22 from 30 while those who scored a B- dropped to 56 from 58 the previous year.
Mr Nyaga said the few girls who sat the KCSE examination in the county in 2015 performed very well.
GIRLS PERFORMED WELL
Three of the county's best five candidates who scored a mean grade of A- were girls.
"Girls are performing reasonably well in areas where parents have allowed them to go to school even though a big percentage is still not going to school," he said.
He urged parents in the region to take the education of their daughters seriously saying girls in the county had a great potential to do well in examinations.
Mr Nyaga said there is a high potential for the county's mean score to go higher were it not for the challenge of insecurity.
The national government pumped a lot of money in the county's secondary schools in 2015.
Each school received Sh10 million in cash for infrastructure that included construction of laboratories, dormitories and classrooms among other needs in addition to funding from CDF, county government and NGOs.
The county's two national schools, Kisima Girls and Maralal High School received Sh12.5 million and Sh25 million respectively from the national government.
The county's KCSE examination centres in 2015 increased by 33 per cent after six new secondary day schools produced candidates to sit the exam for the first time.
The county education boss said this saw the county register 350 more KCSE candidates in 2015.
The county's best performing schools in 2015 were Good Shepherd Seminary, Theresa's Secondary School, Wamba, Maralal High School, Kisima Girls and Wamba Mixed School.