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Nearly 90% of students who sat this years KCSE exam cannot join university after scoring grade C and below. The results show massive under-performance compared with 2016. This year 87.79 % cent of the candidates — 540,428 students — scored between grade C and E.
Only 70,073, roughly 11 per cent, can join university after scoring C+ and above. Education CS Fred Matiang’i announced results yesterday, enabling students and families to get the good or bad news before Christmas. Last year’s results were announced on December 29. Fast marking was attributed more staff and use of ICT.
This year, 611,952 candidates sat the examination, compared with 574,125 candidates in 2016. The performance was better than last year because 15.4 per cent, or 88,929 students, attained C+ and above all of whom were absorbed into local universities.
In the 2017 exam, 142 students scored plain A, compared to 141 last year. However, the number of grade A- (minus) declined by almost half from last year’s 4,645 to just 2,714. The number of candidates who scored a D+ (plus) and below also shot up to 68.3 per cent (438,914) compared to 2016 where 65. 21 per cent of the students scored D+ (plus) to E, a total of 376,414 students.