Gender imbalance gap in KCPE exams reduces

Thursday December 31 2015

Mwiki Good Hope Academy pupil Nderi Nelly Muthoni is hoisted by her teachers after she scored 443 marks in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examination released on December 30, 2015 in Nairobi. More girls than boys sat the national examinations in 23 counties. PHOTO | JAMES EKWAM | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Mwiki Good Hope Academy pupil Nderi Nelly Muthoni is hoisted by her teachers after she scored 443 marks in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examination released on December 30, 2015 in Nairobi. More girls than boys sat the national examinations in 23 counties. PHOTO | JAMES EKWAM | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By MARYANNE GICOBI
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The gap between the number of girls who sat the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education exam this year compared to boys narrowed.

Releasing the results at Mitihani House on Wednesday, Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said that the gender parity was almost bridged.

According to the data, out of the 937,467 candidates, 459,885 or 49.6 per cent were girls while 467,904 (representing 50.4 per cent) were boys.

These figures show that 8,019 more boys than girls sat the national examination.

In 2013 the gap stood at 12,900.

Dr Matiang’i, however, expressed concern with counties that had huge gender imbalance favouring boys.

“A lot of work needs to be done in Samburu, Turkana, Garissa, Mandera and Wajir counties to ensure the achievement we have made at the national level of gender equity, is also reflected in these counties,” said Dr Matiang’i.

Of the five Garissa, Wajir, Mandera counties have narrowed the gap of boys but in Turkana and Samburu counties, the gap continues to widen with 62 per cent being boys and 38 girls in Turkana County.

In Samburu County 59 per cent of the candidates were boys and 41 per cent were girls.

Dr Matiang’i directed the county leaders and education bosses to put in place interventions that will ensure all girls of school-going age are enrolled in schools.

More girls than boys sat the national examinations in 23 counties.

These are Embu, Meru, Tharaka Nithi, Kirinyaga, Bungoma, Nakuru, Nairobi, Machakos, Vihiga, Nandi, Nyeri, Kisii, Kericho,Uasin Gishu, Siaya, Nyamira, Trans Nzoia, Nyandarua, Elegyo Marakwet, Makueni, Kitui, Kakamega and Kiambu counties.

All these counties had more girls than boys who sat the examination in 2014.

Nyeri county is the new comer in this lot whereas Taita Taveta county has dropped out of the list.