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KCSE 2020 saw improvement from KCSE 2019 – Prof Magoha says

Education Cabinet Secretary, George Magoha, has revealed that candidates of the 2020 KCSE examinations performed better than those from 2019.

Speaking during the KCSE results announcement at Mitihani House, Magoha said that the number of students who scored A had risen from 2019.

A students rise by over 200

The number of students who achieved A rose to 893 from 627 in 2019. This is despite the 2020 KCSE candidates seeing a whole year go by due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The top student was Simiyu Robinson Wanjala, from Murang’a High school, who got a mean score of 87.334. He was followed by Wasonga Allan, 87.173, Sharon Chepngeno, 87.173, and Rob Ongare, 87.173, who tied in second place. Mbugua Esther followed, scoring 87.113, Kipkoech March, 87.106 and Kenneth Orange wrapping the top five with 87.049.

In 2019, the top student, Buluma Tony Wabuke, scored 87.159, which means his score would have been enough for third place in this year’s KCSE examinations.

Over 6000 A-

Meanwhile, there were 6,420 A- recorded, with 4,049 being male and 2,371 being female students.

There were also 14,427 B+, 25,207 B plain and 38,194 B – recorded. Additionally, there were 85,458 C, 109,454 C-, 117,898 D+, 121,946 D, 137,361 D- and 28,046 E.

Prof Magoha also said that 143,149 students scored a C+ in the 2020 KCSE examination, representing 19.03 % of the students who sat for the exams. This was a slight rise from 2019, when 18 % of the candidates scored a C+, the minimum grade for University entry. Another 223 candidates with special needs obtained a C+ and above.

He also said that all 747,171 candidates from this year’s KCSE would find places in the TVET system and Universities during the announcement.

Gender distribution in exams

Additionally, Magoha said that more girls sat for the exam than boys in 15 counties, with Wajir, Turkana, Mandera and Garissa each reporting half the number of girls to boys.

“We will investigate what is happening to the girls in these counties,” Magoha said, “Are they marrying them off too early?”

Overall, there were 366,834 girls and 380,327 boys who sat for the KCSE 2020.

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