The 2010 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) results have changed the fortune for girls in the country after two girls emerged among the top ten students in the country compared to 2009 where there were no girls among the top 10 students.
Lydia Kathini and Macharia Ivy Muthoni from Kenya High School are among the top best candidate in the country. In the 2009 KCSE results, the first girl in the country emerged in the 11th position.
This year, boys scooped eight top positions with Wandui Albert Kamau of Moi High School topping the list followed by Allan Marube from Alliance High. According to Education Minister Prof Sam Ongeri, there was general improvement in performance recorded across the country.
There were few examination irregularities reported compared to the previous years and this also represented the lowest number of cheating in the past 10 years.
“I thank all those who participated in the war against this vice. Let us work hard until we zero rate it” said Prof Ongeri while releasing the results at the Kenya Instute of Education on Monday.
Three head teachers and a proprietor were caught facilitating cheating during the exams and were apprehended and charged in court, confirmed the Minister.
This year 357,488 candidates sat for the examination in 6,004 centres across the country.
The candidates that scored the basic minimum university qualification of C+ and above are 97,134 representing 27.17 percent of the total candidature. The male candidates were 60,200 while female candidates were 36,934.
Those candidate who scored grade D and above who are considered for further higher learning training presented an 87 percent increase from 85 percent in 2009.
David Gathuku Ndung'u of Mangu High School emerged the best candidate in last year's KCSE with 87.26 points.