Education CS Prof. George Magoha during a past address
Andy Michael Munyiri of Damacrest School, Thogoto emerged the top candidate in the 2019 KCPE examinations with a score of 440 marks out of a possible 500.
Three students have shared the second position with 439 marks. The three are Flavian Onyango, June Cheptoo and Michael Ndungu.
While announcing the results on Monday in Nairobi, Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha, said a total of 1,083,456 candidates sat for this year’s exams, of whom 543,000 were male while the rest were female.
“It is evident that girls are competing favourably with the boys for the top academic honours. And, perhaps, I’m saying this without permission but perhaps it’s time we also started thinking of the boy child,” said the CS.
According to Prof. Magoha, female candidates performed better than their male counterparts.
Female candidates scored better in English, Kiswahili, and Kenya Sign Language but lost out to them in Maths, Science and Social Studies.
9,770 candidates have scored 400 marks, a drop from the 11,559 candidates who passed that threshold last year.
CS Magoha also announced that teenage pregnancies in the country had dropped, a feat he attributed to parents spending more time with their children.
During this year’s KCPE exams 18 counties registered more female candidates compared to male candidates.
These counties include Kakamega, Meru Bungoma, Vihiga, Busia, Kiambu, Siaya, Kitui, Kisumu, Elgeyo Marakwet, Tharaka Nithi, Kirinyaga, Nyandarua, Tranzoia, Mombasa and Bomet.
Nairobi, Kakamega and Nakuru were the top three counties with the highest number of candidates, while Lamu, Isiolo and Samburu are the ones that had the lowest number of candidates.