Simiyu Robinson Wanjala of Muranga Boys High School has emerged as the best student with a mean grade of A Plain of 87.334 in the just released 2020 KCSE results.
Wasonga Allan Adama of Agoro Sare High School and Sharon Chepng’eno Cherer, of Kenya High School, came second and third respectively with both scoring a mean score of 87.173.
They were followed closely by Rob Ong’are (87.173), Mbugua Esther (87.113), Kipkoech Mark Kogo (87.106), Kenneth Orange, (87.049), Henry Madaga (87.046), Patience Chepkorir (87. 046,) and Musomba Edith (87.013).
Lesly Loise Wanjiku (86.999) from Kenya High School, George Pile Ron (86.970) from Kapsabet Boys, Kiprono Howard (86.949) from Maranda High School, Jelimo Debra (86.947) from Kenya High School and Buluma Daizy Nerima (86.939) of Kenya High made the cut for the top 15 candidates nationally.
A total of 747,161 candidates sat for the examinations at 10,565 centers across the country, according to Dr Mercy Karogo, the acting chief executive officer of the Kenya National Examinations Council.
“This is one of the clearest indicators that candidates have performed better in 2020 compared with 2019, the negative effects of Covid-19 notwithstanding,” said Education CS Prof George Magoha while releasing the results on Monday, May 10.
The number of candidates who scored the minimum university entry grade, C+, also went up by 19 per cent to 143,140 in 2020 compared to 125,746 in 2019.
CS Magoha said all the other candidates are eligible to join other TVET institutions, Teacher Training Colleges, Medical Training Colleges and tertiary learning institutions.
In the 2020 KCSE Examination, nineteen subjects recorded a significant improvement in performance, compared to 16 subjects that posted marked improvement in performance in 2019.
There we 6,420 students scoring grade A-; 14,427 students scoring B+; 25,207 candidates scoring B; 38,194 students scoring B- as 57,999 learners scooped grade C+. A total of 85,458 students scored grade C.
Prof Magoha said his ministry is cancelling individual results of 287 candidates who were involved in the various forms of cheating such as use of unauthorized material, mobile phones, impersonation, collusion as well as the use of double scripts.
In 2020, a total of 652 female candidates sat for their KCSE in hospitals after delivery. The counties that had the highest number of candidates who sat their examination in hospitals after delivery included Bungoma (43), Meru (38), Nakuru (36), Kisii (36) and Nandi (31) said Prof Magoha.
“I particularly wish to call for greater support and protection for our learners who sat the 2020 KCPE Examination and are expected to remain at home until July 26, 2021 when they will join Form One. These learners require close supervision and guidance to protect them from the many temptations that come from evil men who sexually prey on them,” said Prof Magoha.