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City scoops cream of top KCPE 100 ranking

Nairobi produced the highest number of candidates in the top 100 list in last year’s Standard Eight examination.

The county secured 31 places among the top 100.

Kiambu and Kajiado followed closely each with nine candidates while 20 other counties shared the rest.

Kakamega and Kericho also came a distant third and each of them had eight candidates in the top list.

Overally, only 22 out of the total 47 counties had candidates in the best top 100 nationally.

“This notwithstanding, in 18 out of the 47 counties, more girls than boys sat for the KCPE examination. This is a worrying trend because we do not wish to reach a situation where the gender disparity against the boy-child becomes a national concern,” noted Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. Joseph Kaimenyi when he released the examinations on Tuesday.

Region lags behind

The Cabinet Secretary directed county directors of education in the affected counties like Nyandarua, Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Kiambu, Machakos, Kitui, Meru, Tharaka Nithi, Nairobi, TransNzoia, Uasin Gishu, Kericho, Nandi, Bungoma, Kakamega and Vihiga to investigate the issue and take action.

None of the candidates from North Eastern counties made it to this group, with the best scoring 407 marks.

The best candidates from Garissa County had 416 marks while pupils from Mandera and Wajir counties scored 407 marks each.