The Cabinet Secretary for Education Prof. George Magoha says it’s time to think about the Kenyan boychild.
Speaking on Monday while releasing the 2019 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination results, Magoha noted that girls outperformed boys for the second year in a row.
“It is evident that girls are competing favourably with the boys for the top academic honours. And, perhaps, I’m saying this without permission but perhaps it’s time we also started thinking of the boy child,” said Magoha.
While the top candidate was Master Andy Michael Munyiri with 440 marks out of 500, the second position was crowded with three candidates, two girls and a boy- with 439 marks.
Out of a total of 1,083,456 candidates who sat for the 2019 KCPE examinations, 543,000 were boys and 539,874 girls.
18 counties registered more female candidates than male candidates, namely; Kiambu, Siaya, Kitui, Embu, Kisumu, Kakamega, Nairobi, Meru, Bungoma, Kirinyaga, Nyandarua, Vihiga, Busia, Elgeyo Marakwet, Tharaka Nithi, Trans Nzoia, Mombasa and Bomet.
Boys outperformed girls in Maths, Science and Social Studies, but lost in English, Kiswahili, and Kenya Sign Language.
CS Magoha also noted that teenage pregnancies in the country had declined compared to 2018 and thanked parents “for spending time with their children”.
“All children will have a place in secondary school. By 2nd Dec, every child who sat KCPE 2019 will know what school they will join. We have assured our children that all of them will have a place in Secondary School.
“The President has given us very firm instructions to ensure a transparent, fair and very quick placing of these children… By December 2, every child in this country should be able to know which school they are going to.”