Nairobi News


It’s a tall order for students eyeing polys

Thousands of Nairobi candidates who performed poorly in last year’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examinations will miss spaces in vocational and technical training institutions.

Nairobi has only 331 registered technical vocational education and training institutions (TVETS) out of a total of 855 nationally. Out of these, only 19 are public, while the rest are private.

This means that Nairobi candidates who scored poor grades will have difficulties accessing alternative education.

Last year, the county had 20,951 candidates, and out of these, a good number scored below C+, the minimum entry grade for university admission. Nationally, 141,012 students scored grade D, 109,334 obtained C- and C, while 123,365 attained C+ and above.

Given the high number of candidates from Nairobi, it can only mean that a higher number of candidates too scored poor grades.

Most of the candidates were drawn from the private and informal sectors which have been attributed to the county’s poor performance.

There were 228 private and informal examination centres compared to 66 public centres. While most public schools performed well, many private schools performed dismally which means that a high number of candidates will seek alternative education.

The Ministry of Education Science and Technology has advised those who performed poorly to seek alternative education in bid to reduce the number of students who do not continue with tertiary education.

Principal Secretary in the ministry Prof Colleta Suda insisted on vocational and technical training when the results were released earlier this week.

This is despite the few number of these institutions, a state that may send most candidates who scored poorly onto the streets.