KCPE: The Future Looks Bright For The Girl Child As Girls Top In Results.
- KCPE 2020 results saw Female candidates perform better than their male counterparts in the recently announced results.
- This comes with the backdrop of teen pregnancies and the COVID-19 pandemic
- The general performance also was better than that of last year.
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By Gloria Mwivanda.
Mumo Faith Kawee of Kari- Mwailu Primary School in Kibwezi, Makueni, recalls that she was “flabbergasted” after hearing the news that she was the top student recently announced KCPE results.
She led with 433 marks out of the total 500. Faith was followed closely by Wesonga Yvette Nanzala of Chogoria Girls and Muriithi Angel Gakenia of Maseno Girls Boarding School, who tied at position two with 432 marks.
Evidently, girls performed better than the boys in this year’s KCPE, contrary to the previous years.
Female candidates further dominated their male counterparts by taking eight positions out of the first 15.
This comes even with the heavy backdrop of teen pregnancies that marred the country in the last year at students were forced to stay at home following the COVID-19 pandemic.
This meant that some girls even had to sit their exams while pregnant or after giving birth.
The national exams were also done under a challenging condition due to the COVID-19 pandemic that forced children to stay at home for more than 8 months, leaving some with no access to books or online learning.
Education CS Prof George Magoha said that this year recorded an improvement compared to the previous years.
“In the 2019 KCPE, 1,083,456 candidates sat the examination. It means the number of candidates who sat increased by 95,736 (8.84%) in 2020 compared to 2019. Male and female candidates increased by 46,868 (8.62%) and 48,868 (9.25%), respectively,” said Magoha.
This shows that more girls this year could sit for the exam than in previous years when it was less easy for girls to access education in some parts of the country.
The future looks very bright for the girl child; this comes after years of struggle for equal opportunities and equal access to education.
As the National Certificate of Secondary Education ends tomorrow, April 20, we can only hope that the same will be replicated when the results are announced in three weeks.
Even as we celebrate the achievements of the girl child, we applaud the boy child too and celebrate their success too.
Equality and empowerment work to serve both of them for a better society.
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