Nairobi — Kingori Tom Wanderi, a student of Alliance High School in Kiambu County, has been named the best performing student in the 2013 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE).
His school has also been named the top-performing school nationally.
Wanderi came first with 87,11 percent in the examinations that male students dominated.
Seven boys made the list of the 10 best performing students.
Wanderi is one of two Alliance High students on the top ten.
Cabinet Secretary for Education Science and Technology, Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi, who released the exams on Monday morning, however said that the number of girls enrolling in school had increased and so had the performance.
He expressed optimism in the attainment of parity between boys and girls in school.
“The rate at which girls have been enrolling in school has been high and we foresee attainment of parity in the near future. There was an increase of 4% in enrollment of girls who registered for the exams,” said Kaimenyi.
According to the Cabinet Secretary, a total of 446 696 students registered for the examinations in 2013, a 2.3 percent increase with boys making up the majority of the candidates at 243 668.
The overall performance however decreased from the previous year by 0.9 percent.
“Students who scored a mean grade of C+ are 123 365 in number translating to 27.4 percent a decrease of 0.9 percent from last year’s 28.36 percent,” said Kaimenyi.
He however advised the others who would not be absorbed by Universities that tertiary colleges in the country were well equipped and will make for alternative channels of attaining higher education. – CAJ News