A total of 2,636 candidates scored an overall mean grade of A in the 2015 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examination released Thursday by Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i.
This was a drop from 3,073 in 2014 and 2,722 in 2013.
An analysis of the candidates who had an overall mean grade of A by gender shows that 1,976 boys, which is 74.96 per cent, and 660 girls attained the highest possible grade.
The number of candidates who scored A in 2015 represented a decrease of 0.63 per cent.
A total of 68,126 candidates scored 60 points (B plain) and above and a majority are set to get direct entry into the 31 public universities in the country.
In September last year, 67,790 students joined public universities compared to 57,250 in 2014.
A total of 11,618 candidates scored an A-, 21,166 scored B+, and 32,706 scored a B plain while 43,788 scored B-.
A total of 26,385 girls scored B plain and above while 41,741 boys scored B plain and above, making them eligible for university places.
Releasing the results, Education CS Fred Matiang’i said 31.52 per cent or 165,766 candidates attained the minimum university entry qualification of C+ and above.
“This is an improvement on the 30.78 per cent, or to 149,717 candidates, in the 2014 examination,” he said.
An analysis of the number of candidates attaining a mean grade of C+ and above shows that there were 95,533 boys or 57.63 per cent and 70,233 girls or 42.37 per cent.
“The fact that we have less than half of the entire group that sat the examination scoring a mean grade of C+ and above is quite worrying, considering the huge investment the government is making in the sector,” said Dr Matiang’i.
He announced the formation of a team of officers from the Ministry of Education, Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development, Teachers Service Commission and Kenya National Examinations Council to analyse performance in the past three years and determine the cause of this phenomenon.
The 2015 cohort joined Form One in 2012 when 532,128 students were admitted.
“Of these, 522,870 sat the Form Four examination. This represents an overall wastage of approximately 1.74 per cent,” said Dr Matiang’i.
Of the 522,870 candidates, 279,289 were boys.
Dr Matiang’i said there was an increase in candidature in all the counties, compared to 2014, with the exception of Kwale, which registered a decrease.
Isiolo recorded the lowest KCSE examination candidature in the past two years.
The Cabinet secretary also disclosed that the ministry was re-looking the issue of ranking schools and candidates.
“My Ministry plans to re-engage all stakeholders on the issue so as to reach a consensus on how to possibly introduce a holistic method of ranking that takes into account a number of critical factors including but not limited to schools’ performance in national examinations, co-curricula activities, physical facilities, leadership and governance among other,” he said.