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The paper was averagely performed. Below 10 marks were very few this year.

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English Paper 2 Question 1: Comprehension

❇️Most students scored above eight out of 20 marks. Question 1 a) and 1 b) were mere recall questions, and most students scooped the 4 marks.

❇️Question 1 c) was a summary: most students were able to write the summary and scooped between 4 and 6 marks.
❇️Most students, therefore, collected 10 marks on page 1.

❇️The challenge came on page 2: almost all candidates were unable to respond to higher order demands of Question 1 e).

❇️Then again, almost all candidates failed to give meanings of words and phrases as demanded by Questions f i) and f iii); same to h i) and f ii).

❇️Another challenge in this question was the grammar question of 1 g), most students could not rewrite the question as instructed.

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English Paper 2 Question 2: Excerpt.

💠This question was fairly performed. Only a small portion of candidates could say what happened before the excerpt. A joke went round that those who scored it were aided. The same applied to what happened after.

💠Candidates were, however, able to respond aptly to questions on character traits, themes, and style.

💠Again, the question on attitude and grammar aspects proved a challenge to candidates. Most candidates scored above 9 out of 25. Top students scored between 20 and 23.

KCSE English Paper 2 2023 Question 3: Oral Narrative.

It was not uncommon to see 20/20 in this section. Questions were straight, and it was heartwarming to see that most students responded correctly to the question on irony. Teachers prepared candidates well in oral narratives: questions on classification, character traits, and oral features were well attempted by most students. However, the demands for moral lesson caught most candidates off-guard. They were to use ‘one, we or people…’ to show universality. They were also to use expressions: ‘ should…, need… or ought to…’

KCSE 2023 English Paper 2 Question 4: Grammar

Students had problems responding appropriately to grammar questions, especially the ones that required rewriting. Punctuation was a big challenge to candidates: candidates missed capitalization, commas, exclamation marks, question marks even fulstops. Most students were able to score 6 marks and above out of 15.

Verdict: Grammar, especially, rewrite questions need to be taught thoroughly.

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