KCSE Shock: Only 22% to University as Machogu Orders Probe into Dismal Results


“Of the over 900,000 candidates who sat for the exams in 2023, only a mere 200,000 will be advancing to universities.

In a historic ceremony held at Moi Girls, Eldoret, Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu unveiled the 2023 KCSE results to Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang and Teacher Service Commission CEO Nancy Macharia. This marked a shift from the traditional Nairobi setting, with Uasin Gishu Governor Jonathan Bii also in attendance for the momentous occasion

Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu made a momentous announcement today in Eldoret, releasing the 2023 KCSE results.

In addressing the gathered audience, he expressed concern about the performance trends, stating, “Of the over 900,000 candidates who sat for the exams in 2023, only a mere 200,000 will be advancing to universities.” This revelation has prompted the minister to call for thorough investigations into the matter.

The disparities in academic achievement have raised eyebrows, with a notable majority of candidates scoring a grade E. Education stakeholders and political leaders have voiced their apprehensions, emphasizing that national and extra-county schools have produced the highest number of candidates who will be joining various universities. In contrast, many county schools registered dismal performances.

Highlighting gender-based performance differences, Secretary Machogu noted, “A majority of male candidates excelled in mathematics and science subjects, while female candidates demonstrated proficiency in five subjects, including English and Kiswahili.” This nuanced observation underscores the need for targeted interventions to address subject-specific challenges.

Significantly, this marks the first time the KCSE results have been released outside of Nairobi, taking place in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County. The shift in location adds a new dimension to the announcement, symbolizing a departure from the traditional release venue.


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