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Tuesday, 3 March 2015


Alliance High School appeared to have registered the best performance countrywide in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examinations, whose results were released on Tuesday.
The national school in Kiambu County had a mean score of 11.402 and was followed by Maranda in Siaya County, which had a mean score of 11.401 and Kabarak, in Nakuru County with 11.358.
Other schools that emerged among top performers were Mang’u, a national school in Kiambu County and Starehe Boys in Nairobi County.
Maryhill School, which was ranked 9th nationally in 2013 with a mean score of 10.6919, dropped to 9.830 last year while Mang’u had a mean score of 10.751, up from 10.150 the previous year.
For the first time in history, a candidate from Mandera County scored an A, the first in the history of KCSE. Ibrahim Abdi Ali, a student at Sheikh Ali Secondary School in the troubled Rhamu sub-county scored 81 points.
The top three schools will be sending an army of 1,067 candidates to university next year, assuming a cut-off of B (plain). Of these, 470 will be from Maranda, 332 from Alliance and 265 from Kabarak.
Kabarak High recorded the highest number of candidates with grade A (134) compared to Alliance’s 123 and Maranda’s 120.
Alliance, besides having 123 straight A, had 119 candidates with A-, 62 with B+, 28 with B, 11 with B-, three with C+ and one C.
Three candidates had a mean score of 84.


The principal, Mr David Kariuki, said: “If we had ranking of students as was the case in the past, we are sure these three students would have been among the top 10 candidates in the country.”

KCSE Results 2014 – Maranda High School

Maranda High School in Siaya County, rising from the ashes after its results were cancelled in 2013, had 120 candidates with grade A, 145 with A-, B 65, B- 35, C 5 and 1 C, giving it a mean score of 11.401. Principal Boaz Owino said the results vindicated his school.

KCSE Results 2014 – Kabarak High School

Kabarak had 134 A, 114 A-, 17 B+, 8 B and 1 B- in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examinations (KCSE), translating into a mean score of 11.358.
School Principal Henry Kiplagat described it as the best performance in history and attributed the success to good discipline by the students and dedication by the teachers.

KCSE Results 2014 – Starehe Boys Centre

Another traditional good performer, Starehe Boys Centre, recovered from last year’s slump to post an impressive mean mark of 10.65.
Starehe Principal Peter Ndung’u said: “We are very happy that out of 248 candidates, 246 will be joining universities.”

KCSE Results 2014 – St. Mary’s Boys Secondary School

In Nyeri County, St. Mary’s Boys Secondary School outperformed giants like Kagumo and Nyeri to post a mean score of 9.728. Kagumo High School had a mean of 9.59.

KCSE Results 2014 – Meru School

In Meru County, Meru School has posted the best results since it was founded in 1956.
As was the case with the Standard Eight examinations, candidates or schools were not ranked, following the ban by Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi, who insisted the practice was fraught with many shortcomings and encouraged unethical practices.
According to a survey by the Nation, the top performers were national schools. Boys also seemed to have fared far better than girls.
Among the top performers were Kapsabet Boys of Nandi County with a mean score of 11.254, Maseno School with a mean score of 10.9.
Mangu of Kiambu County with 10.751 and Lenana School in Nairobi.

KCSE Results 2014 – Precious Blood, Riruta

Precious Blood, Riruta, a county school run by Catholic sisters and which posts good results every year, lived up to its tradition, recording 24 A, 55 A-, 37 B+, 1C. Another Catholic-run school, Asumbi Girls in Homa Bay had a mean score of 10.75. Rang’ala Girls in Siaya County had a mean score of 10.5, while Mary Hill Girls in Thika had a mean score of 9.830.
Releasing the results, Prof Kaimenyi noted that there was a significant improvement in the performance, with those candidates obtaining grade A rising to 3,073, up from 2, 722 in 2013.

 KCSE 2014 Results – Overall Performance

More than 3,073 candidates scored an overall mean grade of A in the 2014 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examination that was released on Tuesday.
This was an increase from 2,722 candidates in 2013.
“Overall mean grade of A by gender shows that 2,133 male candidates (69.4 per cent) and 940 female candidates (30.6 per cent) attained this highest possible grade,” said Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi when he released the results at Mitihani House in Nairobi.
About 11,768 candidates scored an A- , 19,814 scored B+, 29,319 scored B, 38,315 scored B-, 47,428 candidates scored C+, and 58,688 scored C.
Another 70,677 candidates scored C-, 76,198 scored D+ with 73,501 scoring D, 47,716 D- and 5,636 E.
Those who scored E in 2013 were 7,042.
About 149,717 candidates attained the minimum university entry qualification of C+ compared to 123,365 candidates in 2013.

KCSE Results 2014 – Performance by Gender

Performance by gender showed that 88,299 (59 per cent) male and 61,418 (41 per cent) female candidates attained an overall mean grade of C+ and above.
Prof Kaimenyi said the result was for candidates who enrolled in Standard One in 2003 and Form One in 2011 and were the first beneficiaries of Free Primary Education and Free Secondary Education.
“This is, therefore, a realisation of the government’s vision to increase the number of children accessing a full cycle of primary and secondary education,” said the Cabinet secretary.
However, he admitted that the dropout rate of students in secondary school remains a challenge.
“During the year 2011, when the 2014 KCSE examination cohort joined Form 1, a total of 521,601 students were admitted into our secondary schools. Out of these, 483,630 sat for the KCSE examination in the 2014, representing an overall wastage of 7.85 per cent,” said Prof Kaimenyi.
This was of great concern to the ministry given the huge resources that the government had invested in secondary school education, he said.

KCSE Results 2014 – Results of 2,975 Cheats Cancelled

Examination results for 2,975 candidates, some from national schools, were cancelled for cheating, the Education Cabinet secretary revealed on Tuesday.
The number, however, was a significant drop from the 3,812 whose results were cancelled in the 2013 examination.
Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi said it was sad that top schools were involved in cheating, threatening the credibility of national examinations.
“County schools, followed by sub-county schools, had the highest number of cheats,” said Prof Kaimenyi when he released the results at Mitihani House in Nairobi on Tuesday.
Without disclosing names, he said it was a big disappointment that five national schools, despite admitting top students, were involved in examination irregularities.
“I wonder why a national school would admit the cream of the KCPE performers and still cheat. If the cream of the nation cheat, what will the rest do?” asked Prof Kaimenyi.
He said the vice had been made worse by the fact that principals and headteachers were “in the forefront of perpetuating examination cheating”.
He said he was extremely disappointed that instead of being role models to students, the teachers were, instead, showing children in their care how to cheat.
“These students will live with this dishonesty. They will never trust seniors, their self-esteem is affected even if they score top grades,” said Prof Kaimenyi.
According to the Kenya National Examination Council, the most common method of cheating involves collusion and 2,410 candidates’ results were cancelled because of this.
Some candidates caught cheating defied a ban on mobile phones and took the gadgets into the examination room, contributing greatly to the high number of irregularities.
Officials confiscated 179 phones in examination rooms.
Prof Kaimenyi said other candidates smuggled in notes.
According to last year’s KCSE examination statistics, only seven counties did not have a single case of cheating.
These were Taita-Taveta, Tana River, Lamu, Nyandarua, Marsabit, Siaya and Nyamira.
Lamu and Taita-Taveta counties have again maintained a clean record in the 2014 exams.
The number of examination centres that recorded cases of cheating also went down from 2.6 per cent to 2.2 per cent.
“While this is laudable, we should be vigilant to ensure that the number of candidates cheating in examinations drops to zero,” said Prof Kaimenyi.

KCSE Results 2014 – Subject Performance

The CS listed some of the subjects that registered improved performance as English, geography, chemistry, power mechanics and drawing and design.
Mathematics, physics, business studies and aviation were the subjects in which candidates performed poorly.