Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu released the 2022 Kenya Certificate for Secondary Education (KCSE) exam results on Friday, January 20, at Mitihani House, Nairobi.
In 2022, about 841,416 candidates sat for the KCSE exams from different parts of the country, which were conducted between December 2 and December 23.
Speaking at Mitihani House, Machogu noted that the government decided to release exam results early to allow the students to prepare for the transition to institutions of higher learning.
"As I have already stated 841,416 candidates sat for 2022 KCSE examinations compared to 826,807 candidates in 2021," Machogu stated.
443,644 of the candidates were male, while 437,772 were female.
According to the CS, 14 counties had more male than female candidates compared to 17 counties in 2021.
The counties included Mombasa, Kilifi, Tana River, Lamu, Turkana, Samburu, West Pokot, Kajiado, Narok, Homa Bay, Migori, Garissa and Mandera.
Machogu lauded teachers and candidates, noting that 17 subjects significantly improved performance compared to 11 subjects in 2021.
1,140 candidates obtained an overall A grade in the KCSE 2022 exams compared to 1138, in 2021. 173,345 candidates scored C+ and above, hitting the minimum university entry mark.
The number of candidates with D+ and above was 522, 588 (59.14 per cent ) compared with 442, 251 (53.29 per cent) in 2021. Only 30,822 scored below E.
271 female candidates got an A, while 875 boys got a similar grade.
1962 females scored A- while 4445 male students scored a similar grade.
Only 6104 female candidates in the KCSE 2022 exams obtained B+. 9578 male candidates also scored a B+.
13,520 female students got a B plain, while 17,783 male counterparts obtained a similar grade.
21,474 female candidates obtained a B- grade, while 27,245 male students scored similarly.
33,138 female candidates had C+ while 36960 boys also had the same grade.
Female candidates beat their male counterparts in the grade C category. 49,191 female candidates C with 45,963 boys getting a similar grade.
The number of female candidates who got C- stood at 62,599, while 56,469 boys also fell in that category.
70, 238 female candidates got D+ and 64,783 boys.
75,545 male candidates had D, and 79,935 girls got the same grade.
84,075 female candidates got D- while 83,683 boys scored a similar grade.
Only 12,760 female candidates got E, with the number of their male counterparts hitting 18,062.
"Individual candidates results can also be accessed by sending a candidate’s index number followed by the initials 'KCSE' through a Short Message Service (SMS) to 20076," Machogu announced.
Machogu lamented that a strike staged at St. Francis Mang'u Girls School nearly disrupted the marking process. However, he vowed to increase their remuneration and address their grievances.
"I have in mind of a hiccup that was recorded at one of the centers were a few examination officers threatened to derail the exercise," Machogu stated.
"KNEC was however able to respond that ensuring a seamless progression of the exercise. At this point, I want to assure that they did a commendable job," Machogu stated.
The marking process started on December 28. 30,000 examiners were contracted in the marking process conducted in 35 centres.
According to the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC), the government employed a multi-sectoral approach to administer KCSE exams.
However, the marking process experienced some disruptions after a section of teachers down their tools due to low wages at Mang'u Girls High School.
Additionally, the teachers complained about newly introduced precautionary measures in the marking process during the Tuesday, January 10, exercise.
According to the tutors, the measures slowed down the marking process, taking them longer than expected to finish tasks.
However, Machogu and Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang showed up at St. Francis Mang'u Girls School to address the teachers' grievances.
Speaking at Mtihani House Nairobi on Friday, January 20, Teachers Service Commission (TSC) Chief Executive Officer Nancy Macharia vowed to intervene to avert exam marking disruptions.