Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu on Friday, January 20 released the 2022 Kenya Certificate for Secondary Education (KCSE) exam results.
Speaking at Mtihani House in Nairobi, the CS said 841,416 candidates sat for the exams that begun on December 2 and ended on 23 the same month.
“As I have already stated 841,416 candidates sat for 2022 KCSE examinations compared to 826,807 candidates in 2021,” the CS said.
443,644 of the candidates were male, while 437,772 were female.
According to Education Cabinet Secretary, 14 counties had more male than female candidates compared to 17 counties in 2021.
The counties included Mombasa, Kilifi, Tana River, Lamu, Turkana, Samburu, West Pokot, Kajiado, Narok, Homa Bay, Migori, Garissa and Mandera.
Machogu lauded teachers and candidates, noting that 17 subjects recorded a significant performance improvement compared to 11 subjects in 2021.
Machogu lamented that a strike was staged at St. Francis Mang’u Girls School nearly disrupted the marking process. However, he vowed to increase their remuneration and address their grievances.
“I have in mind a hiccup that was recorded at one of the centres where a few examination officers threatened to derail the exercise,” Machogu stated.
“KNEC was however able to respond that ensuring a seamless progression of the exercise. At this point, I want to assure that they did a commendable job,” Machogu stated.
The marking process started on December 28. 30,000 examiners were contracted in the marking process conducted in 35 centres.
According to the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC), the government employed a multi-sectoral approach to administer KCSE exams.
However, the marking process experienced some disruptions after a section of teachers down their tools due to low wages at Mang’u Girls High School.
Additionally, the teachers complained about newly introduced precautionary measures in the marking process during the Tuesday, January 10, exercise.
According to the tutors, the measures slowed down the marking process, taking them longer than expected to finish tasks.
However, Machogu and Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang showed up at St. Francis Mang’u Girls School to address the teachers’ grievances.
Speaking at Mtihani House Nairobi on Friday, January 20, Teachers Service Commission (TSC) Chief Executive Officer Nancy Macharia vowed to intervene to avert exam marking disruptions.