Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu brought a light moment as he announced the results of the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education, leaving ministry officials amused.
Machogu highlighted a decline in performance in subjects such as English, History and Government, Geography, Agriculture, Physics, power mechanics, art and design, and Home science. He humorously suggested that the afternoon sessions for History and Geography might contribute to the decline due to “early exposure.”
Expressing concern, Machogu noted an increased number of students scoring a mean grade of E, amounting to 5.33% of candidates, stating that he felt “pained.”
“I am pained by the fact that a large number of candidates still ended up scoring a mean grade of E in the 2023 KCSE Examination even after the Ministry used a more flexible system of computing the final overall candidate results,” he remarked.
In response, Machogu directed the Directorate of Quality Assurance to collaborate with field officers and teachers to investigate E Grade cases in each county, expecting a report within a month for further action.