By Standard Digital Reporter
NAIROBI, KENYA: Kiambu's Alliance High School has been ranked number one in the 2013 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education with a mean grade of A (minus).
The school also produced the country’s top candidate (Tom Kingori Wanderi) in the overall ranking.
Moi High School (Kabarak), Precious Blood (Riruta), Kapsabet Boys and Kisumu county’s Maseno school were ranked number 2,3,4,5 respectively.
Others in the top ten include Molo Academy, Strathmore school, Chavakali High, MaryHill Girls school, and the Kenya High.
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In 2013, a total of 446,696 candidates sat for the Examination in 7,608 examination centres which was an increase of 10,347 candidates or 2.3 per cent when compared to 436,349 candidates who sat for the KCSE Examination in 6,968 examination centres in 2012.
The increase in number of centres was 640 or a 9.2 per cent increase when compared to 2012.
Out of the 446,696 candidates who sat for the KCSE examination, 243,668 were male, while 203,028 were female.
The gender parity for the year 2013 KCSE Examination therefore stood at 54.55 per cent Boys compared to 45.45 per cent girls.
The counties that presented the highest number of candidates for the 2013 KCSE examination were Kiambu with 24,268 (5.43 per cent), Nakuru 22,656 (5.07 per cent), Kakamega 20,996 (4.7 per cent) and Nairobi 20,713 (4.63 per cent).
Presiding over last year’s release, Education Cabine Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi said that the overall performance of candidates in the 2013 KCSE Examination remained relatively at the same level when compared to that of 2012 because 27.46 per cent of the candidates obtained the minimum university entry qualification of C+ in 2013 compared to 28.36 per cent candidates in 2012. This was a slight drop of 0.9 per cent. The actual number of candidates with C+ and above in 2013 is 123,365.
“I wish to note that the closure of schools during last year’s General elections and teachers’ strike could have led to the slight decrease in the number of candidates scoring a grade of C+ and above in this year’s KCSE examination.”
“I as such wish to thank teachers for their hard work which enabled performance in the examination to remain relatively the same despite the challenges faced in the year 2013.”
Samburu county was ranked number followed by Siaya, Elgeyo Marakwet, West Pokot, TransNzoia, Bomet, Kisumu, Busia, Embu and Uasin Gishu.
Counties ranking saw Tana River at number 47, Mandera (46), Lamu(45), Wajir (44), Garissa (43), Kwale (42), Kilifi (41), Isiolo (40) and Mombasa at number 39.