Male candidates outperformed their female counterparts in many subjects in the 2015 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examination.
Results released on Thursday by Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, showed that out of the 29 subjects examined, boys performed better than girls in 22.
He said that female candidates defeated the boys in only seven subjects: English, Kiswahili, Christian Religious Education, Home Science, Art and Design, German and French.
“There were no female candidates who sat for Metalwork, whereas, very few — between one and six — registered for Woodwork, Building and Construction, Power Mechanics, Electricity and Drawing and Design,” he said.
“Male candidates sat all the subjects offered.”
Seventy-two papers in 30 subjects were set, but no candidate registered for Hindu Religious Education despite the Kenya National Examinations Council having developed a syllabus for the subject.
The candidates were required to sit a minimum of seven subjects and a maximum of nine.
Power Mechanics and Electricity had the highest percentage performance, with mean scores of 69.71 and 67.06, respectively.
Thirteen subjects showed and improvement in performance. They are English, Kiswahili, Mathematics Alternative A, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Biology for the Blind, Home Science, Agriculture, Woodwork, Aviation Technology, French and Music.
In the 2014 KCSE examination, there was an improvement in the grades posted in 15 subjects.
General Science, Geography, Art and Design, Metalwork, Building Construction, Power Mechanics and German did not record any significant change in performance.
The results also indicated that 10 subjects saw a decline in performance.
The disciplines are Mathematics Alternative B, History and Government, CRE, Islamic Religious Education, Electricity, Drawing and Design, Computer Studies, Arabic, Kenyan Sign Language and Business Studies.
Dr Matiang’i also noted with concern that 13 subjects recorded a mean score of 50 per cent and below in the 2015 KCSE examination.
These are English (40.29 per cent), Kiswahili (47.88), Mathematics Alternative A (26.88), Mathematics Alternative B (8.29), Biology (34.80), Physics (43.68), and Chemistry (34.36).
Others are Biology for the Blind (20.77 per cent), General Science (9.02), Geography (43.92), IRE (44.25), Agriculture (44.81) and Business Studies (43.76).
“The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology shall be looking into modalities of improving the teaching of these subjects, some of which are critical to the realisation of the Kenya Vision 2030,” Dr Matiang’i said at the Knec headquarters in Nairobi on Thursday, where he released the results.