This years’ KCSE examination top candidate is Naomi Karimi Kawira from Pangani Girls’ who scored an A of 87.011. Sharon Chepchumba from Moi girls is the second best candidate with a mean score of 86.83.

Pangani Girls High School produced this years’ top candidate and was also the most improved school compared to last year’s results.  Alliance Girls and the Kenya High School also posted exemplary performance in a rare show where girls outshined boys.

Generally, female candidates performed better than male candidates. In 6 out of the 31 subjects, female students posted excellent results. Maths, English and Geography recorded an improvement as well. A total 142 students managed to score a mean grade of A.


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This was just one grade above 2016’s 141. There was half the decline in the number of A minuses putting the number at 2,714 compared to last years’ 4,645 E*******n CS Fred Matiang’i however expressed disappointment in that there was a decline in the number of students to have met university requirements from this years’ results.

Students wishing to confirm their results are advised to send their index numbers to 22252 or log on to the Kenya National Examination Council portal www.knec.ac.ke.

Meanwhile, 15 counties had more female than male candidates in the 2017 KCSE examination compared to 11 counties in 2016. These were: Taita Taveta, Nyandarua, Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Murang’a, Kiambu, Machakos, Kitui, Meru, Makueni, Tharaka Nithi, Laikipia, Elgeyo Marakwet, Vihiga and Kisumu counties.

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Nairobi, Kilifi and Kakamega counties recorded the highest number of candidates above 23 years of age with 1,470, 1,457 and 1,285 candidates  respectively , a trend which was replicated in 2016. There was a slight decrease in the percentage of under-age candidates (candidates below the age of 16 years), from 2.21% in 2016 to 2.04% in the 2017 KCSE examination. As was the case in 2016, Kisii county had the highest number of under-age candidates (1,062) followed by Bomet (865). The counties with the lowest cases of under-age candidates were Lamu (07) and Isiolo (14).

In the 2017 KCSE examination, female candidates performed better than male candidates in six out of the subjects offered. Male candidates performed better than female candidates in 23 out of the subjects offered. Female candidates did better than male candidates in English, Kiswahili, CRE, Home Science, Art and Design and Electricity. Female candidates did not register for Metalwork. (additional reporting by Standard)

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