By Rose Welimo
Female candidates outperformed male candidates in English language and composition as well as Kiswahili language and Insha in this year’s KCPE examinations.
While releasing results on Wednesday, Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i also said private schools had performed better in this year’s KCPE as compared to public schools.
He said public schools recorded a decline in mean score from 187.8 to 180.7 while private schools recorded an improvement from 229.4 to 230 in 2014-2015.
“Public schools KCPE mean score dropped by 7 points,” the CS said.
Matiang’i said 2015 had the highest number of candidates in the last 25 years adding that 2,709 cases of cheating were reported. Over 930,000 candidates sat for KCPE examinations this year.
He decried cases of examination cheating and vowed to do all it takes to bring the habit to an end. The CS pointed out that no irregularities were reported in 12 counties among them Siaya, Elgeyo Marakwet, Taveta, Mombasa and Kiambu.
Meanwhile, the government has set aside 3.4 billion shillings for registration of candidates sitting KCPE and KCSE exams in 2016.