Counties with fewer schools are struggling to produce candidates with good grades that can earn them direct entry marks to public universities.
Data provided by Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha indicates that counties that had fewer schools or fewer schools at the caliber of extra county and county schools produced fewer students that met the university cut-off grades.
The majority of those who qualified to join university came from extra county schools (47,949) despite the institutions accounting for only seven per cent of the examination centres.
The number of candidates with minimum university entry qualification of C+ and above in 2019 is 125,746.
Sub-county schools accounted for 30,162 candidates who qualified for university admission despite county schools accounting for 62.8 per cent of all schools.
Mombasa had only five sub-county schools and like Nairobi, Kajiado and Garissa, the majority of schools are private. The county has 90 private schools and one national school, two extra county and special schools and 35 county schools. Nairobi has 266 private schools.
Some of the counties with the fewest schools are those in remote and arid and semi arid areas such as Lamu (26) and Isiolo ( 31) while Nakuru had 518 examination centres.
While national schools made up the majority of students who scored A and A-, the B, B- and C+ were concentrated in extra county and county schools.
On the other hand, national schools had more E students than extra county schools.
No county school had an A, yet the county schools make up 13 per cent of the schools.
The data makes a case for more investment in extra county and county schools from the constituency development fund.
“I wish to urge other agencies and government initiatives such as the Constituency Development Fund to step in and help us to expand the necessary infrastructure in our schools,” Prof Magoha said on Wednesday.
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