The number of Standard Eight candidates scoring 400 points and above in the final cohort of the 8-4-4 exam system fell 10 percent to 8,525, hitting a three-year low, weighed down by a decline performance in all areas except two test subjects.
An analysis of the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations shows that conversely, candidates scoring below 100 increased almost three times to a five-year high of 2,060.
Traditionally, applicants who score above 400 are more likely to be placed at national schools, and the falling numbers should ease pressure on the rush for admissions to the most sought-after institutions.
Official results released by Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu on Thursday indicate that the top student, Michael Warutere of Riara Springs Academyobtained 428 marks out of a possible 500, less than the 431 obtained by the best candidate last year.
According to the data, English Language and Kenya Sign Language are the only subjects that recorded improvement compared to last year’s results, while all other subjects, including English Composition, Kiswahili Language, mathematics and science, recorded a year-on-year decline.
Others were swept away by the wave of degeneration: Kiswahili Insha, social studies as well as religious education.
Male candidates outperformed their female colleagues in mathematics and science, while the latter excelled in English, Kiswahili and Kenyan Sign Language.
The decline in performance comes amid increased attention and investment in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses, seen as key to driving local innovation and industrialization.
In recent years, Kenya has placed greater emphasis on STEM courses in an effort to build a larger pool of professionals in medicine, engineering, IT and other technical skills that are in short supply and needed to boost the country’s industrial and technology sectors. Kenya.
The number of lowest performing students, which reached levels last seen in 2018 when it stood at 2,952, represents 0.15% of the total 1.4 million learners who passed the the latest examination.
In contrast, top students accounted for 0.61 percent in a prolonged downward trend that began to manifest in 2021, when the absolute figure stood at 11,857, or 0.97 percent.
Last year, that number dropped to 9,443, or 0.77 percent of the total applicant population.
The number of candidates scoring between 300 and 399 was 352,782, or 24.9 percent, while those in the 200-299 bracket made up the largest share at 658,278, or 48.5 percent.
Learners in the 100 to 199 point bracket totaled 383,025, which represented 27.1 percent.
Mr Machogu, however, assured that all candidates would be placed in secondary schools, in line with the government’s 100 per cent transition policy, adding that the state would seek out about 9,354 students who failed the 2023 exam to offer them a special test. in January next year.
“So that no candidate fails to join KCPE Final Examination Form 1 2023 cohort, the Ministry of Education will carry out a thorough mapping of all those who may have failed this year’s exam in order to be able to take a special exam in January 2024. The indicative figure we have is 9,354,” Mr Machogu said in his report. address.
The completion of the special examination will mark the end of the 8-4-4 system and usher in the era of the new Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) system which follows a 2-6-3-3-3 educational cycle, which means that learners will go through a total of 17 levels, each lasting one year.