KCSE candidates score poorly in religious education, computer

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By Margaret Kalekye

10 subjects have registered a decline in performance in last year’s KCSE examinations released Thursday.

The subjects performed poorly are Mathematics Alternative B, History & Government, CRE, IRE, Electricity, Drawing & Design, Computer Studies, Arabic, Kenyan Sign Language and Business Studies.

While releasing the results at Mitihani house, Education CS Fred Matiang’I announced that Power Mechanics and Electricity recorded the highest percentage mean performance with mean scores of 69.71% and 67.06% respectively.

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There was improved performance in 13 subjects namely (English, Kiswahili, Mathematics Alternative A, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Biology for the Blind, Home Science, Agriculture, Woodwork, Aviation Technology, French and Music) compared to 15 subjects that recorded an improvement in 2014.

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Seven subjects that showed no significant change in performance during the 2015 KCSE examination were General Science, Geography, Art & Design, Metalwork, Building Construction, Power Mechanics and German.

13 subjects recorded a mean of 50% and below during the 2015 KCSE examination.

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They are English (40.29%), Kiswahili (47.88%), Mathematics Alternative A (26.88%), Mathematics Alternative B (8.29%), Biology (34.80%), Physics (43.68%), Chemistry (34.36%), Biology for the Blind (20.77%), General Science (9.02%), Geography (43.92%), IRE (44.25%), Agriculture (44.81%) and Business Studies (43.76%).

The CS says his will be looking into modalities of improving the teaching of the poorly performance subjects, some of which he said are critical to the realization of the Kenya Vision 2030.

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Gender performance

Female candidates performed better than their male counterparts in seven subjects (English, Kiswahili, CRE, Home Science, Art & Design, German and French).

On the contrary, male candidates out performed female candidates in the remaining twenty two subjects.

Matiang’i cited absenteeism and lack of adequate facilities to be among a raft of reasons that may have contributed to poor performance.

A total of 525, 802 sat for last year’s Kenya National Examination Council (KCSE) examinations.

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