Performance in most subjects improved significantly, according to results released yesterday by Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu.
Machogu said that in the 2022 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examination (KCSE) exam, students recorded major improvements in 17 subjects.
“In 2022, 17 subjects recorded a significant improvement in performance, compared with 11 subjects that recorded a significant improvement in 2021. There was no significant change in performance in four of the subjects offered during the 2022 KCSE examination,” said Machogu. In 2020, students recorded an improvement in 19 subjects. Meanwhile, the number of students who sat KCSE in 2022 increased by 54,609. Those who sat for the national exam in 2021 were 826,807 while in last year’s exam, there were 881,416 candidates.
Data released by Kenya National Examination Council (Knec) indicates that the number of students sitting KCSE has gradually increased. For example, in 2018, there were 660,204 candidates while in 2019, there were 697,222 students.
In 2020, the number jumped to 747,161. However, the data also reveals that not all candidates who register for the national exam actually sit the same.
In 2022, there were 884,122 candidates who registered to sit for the KCSE exam. However, at least 3,000 of them did not sit the same. Similarly, in 2021, 830,854 candidates registered to sit for KCSE but only 826,807 sat for the national exam.
On the other hand, the number of personnel tasked to mark the exams was 30,592. Kenya National Examination Council CEO David Njegere said they were spread across 35 marking centres.
He said that through the multiagency approach, the council was to monitor the conduct of the examination across the entire country.
“Knec acknowledges the sacrifices made by these examiners and the centre organisers to ensure the exercise was completed promptly to allow processing and release of results... I take this opportunity to thank all the field officers and centre managers who rendered their services selflessly.
The media too played a role in reporting to us in an objective way while also highlighting areas of challenges, which we promptly addressed,” he said.