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Kabarak, Alliance at top of the table as exams results released

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Machakos Girls High School students celebrate 2014 KCSE results in Machakos town streets. The school emerged top in Machakos County with a mean grade of 9.45. PHOTO | JOHN MUIA | NATION MEDIA GROUP
 
In Meru County, Meru School has posted the best results since it was founded in 1956.
As was the case with the Standard Eight examinations, candidates or schools were not ranked, following the ban by Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi, who insisted the practice was fraught with many shortcomings and encouraged unethical practices.
According to a survey by the Nation, the top performers were national schools. Boys also seemed to have fared far better than girls.
Among the top performers were Kapsabet Boys of Nandi County with a mean score of 11.254, Maseno School with a mean score of 10.9.
Mangu of Kiambu County with 10.751 and Lenana School in Nairobi.
Precious Blood, Riruta, a county school run by Catholic sisters and which posts good results every year, lived up to its tradition, recording 24 A, 55 A-, 37 B+, 1C. Another Catholic-run school, Asumbi Girls in Homa Bay had a mean score of 10.75.  Rang’ala Girls in Siaya County had a mean score of 10.5, while Mary Hill Girls in Thika had a mean score of 9.830.
SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT
Releasing the results, Prof Kaimenyi noted that there was a significant improvement in the performance, with those candidates obtaining grade A rising to 3,073, up from 2, 722 in 2013.
Overall, there were 149,717 candidates who scored grades C+ and above, which is the minimum university entry point.
Among the qualifiers were 88,299 males and 61,418 females, constituting a ratio of 59: 41. In the previous year, there were 123,365 university qualifiers.
Not all qualifiers will get places in public universities, however, but many will be absorbed in private universities or opt to study abroad.
Similarly, the number of those scoring D- and E went down to 53,352 against the previous figure of 62,835.
Candidates with these scores are technically locked out of professional training and at best can pursue opportunities in vocational institutions.
Prof Kaimenyi said cases of exam cheating went down from 3,812 last year to 2,975. However, he said the vice must be weeded out to give credibility to the exams.
At least five national schools were among those whose results were cancelled due to cheating, but their names were not given.
The CS listed some of the subjects that registered improved performance as English, geography, chemistry, power mechanics and drawing and design.
Mathematics, physics, business studies and aviation were the subjects in which candidates performed poorly. Source: DAILY NATION
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