Several underage candidates sat last year’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education exam, in spite of a ban by the government.
An analysis of the results released last week reveals that 9,789 candidates aged 16 and below wrote the exam, compared to 9,326 in 2014, which is an increase of 463.
Kisii County presented the highest number of underage candidates at 689, and was followed by Bungoma (599), Kericho (499) and Kakamega (376). In 2014, Kisii County also had the highest number of underage candidates, at 933.
Two years ago, the government announced that underage students would no longer be allowed to sit national exams.
According to the policy, parents are required to ensure they take their children to Standard One after attaining a minimum age of six.
A total of 189,110 candidates aged 17 and 18 also sat the 2015 exam, compared to 179,477 in 2014.
The analysis of the results also indicates that 220,333 candidates aged between 19 and 20 sat the 2015 tests, compared to 204,014 in 2014.
The results also indicate that 82,587 candidates aged 21 and 22 sat the 2015 exam, while the number of those aged 23 stood at 22,765.
Meanwhile, several schools that posted good results continued to celebrate their achievements. They include Butere Girls in Kakamega, Karima Girls in Laikipia and Sunshine Secondary School in Nairobi.