This year’s number of students who scored a mean grade of A in the 2016 KCSE examination is a shocking contrast to the huge numbers recorded the previous year.

Only 141 out of 577253 candidates scored an A. Last year, 2636 managed that feat and over 3000 in 2014.

“This is a true reflection of candidates’ result, without manipulation and massaging of the results,” said Education CS Fred Matiang’i on Thursday.

88,929 students scored between A and C+ (plus). Of those, 4,645 candidates scored A- and 10,975 scored B+ (plus).

“All candidates who scored between grade A and C+ will be absorbed in universities,” said the CS during the release of the results at Shimo la Tewa High School in Mombasa.

In another intriguing statistic, Matiang’i revelead the top 20 candidates list was dominated by 16 girls.

The CS also noted that some of the schools that produced more than 100 As last year could barely produce 15 this year.

“However, two schools have been consistent in the number of candidates who got grade A…that is Alliance Girls High School and Kenya High,” he said.

On the other side of the performance chart, 33,399 scored a mean grade of E compared to 5350 recorded last year. Another 149, 929 scored D(minus) while 112, 135 managed a D (plain.)

Last year, 48,658 scored D(minus) and 79,555 candidates attained a D(plain).

This year also saw an increase in the number of candidates by 54, 383.

The CS said that no results have been cancelled compared to 5,101 in 2015.