No Coast student in the list of top 100

Students of Light Academy celebrate with their top students at the institution in Mombasa County on Friday 21st December 2018. [Kelvin Karani , Standard]

None of the 37,129 candidates who sat this year’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exam at the Coast made it to the top 100.

The region, however, saw an increase in the number of candidates who sat the exam this year, with Kilifi County registering the highest increase at 13, 468, up from 12,755 in 2017.

The number of candidates in all the six counties improved marginally compared to those examined in 2017.

In Mombasa, 68,566 sat the exam compared to 12,755 candidate last year. In Kwale, the number also went up by one per cent to 6, 877 candidates.

In Taita Taveta, 128 more candidates wrote the exam compared to last year.

The number of candidates in Lamu and Tana River counties, which have in the past witnessed cases of insecurity that also affected learning, also improved.

Taita Taveta and Kwale were also listed among 18 counties that had more female than male candidates. According to the statistics released yesterday, 2,648 female candidate sat KCSE exams this year in Taita Taveta compared to 2,442 in 2017.

In Kwale, the number of female candidates also rose from 3,296 last year to 3,470 this year.