The number of students scoring Es increased by 65 per cent n the 2021 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education.
An analysis of the exam shows that this was the first time that such a huge number of students were scoring the poorest grade in five years in the exams. 46,151 candidates scored grade E in the examination compared to 28,046 the previous year and 35,536 in 2017.
More boys than girls scored grade E. 26,578 boys fell in the grade E category against 19,573 girls.
Candidates who scored below D+ increased by nearly 90,000 and accounted for 60 percent of the 826,807 learners who sat the 2021 KCSE exam.
In the 2020 KCSE exam, 15,225 boys scored Grade E list against 12,821 girls.
49,903 more candidates scored D- to 187,264 compared to the 137,361 in 2020.
The number of candidates who scored grade C-minus for diploma courses in technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions dropped by 10,048 to 99,406 from 109,454 the previous year.
In the same exam, results for Oriwo Boys High School in Homa Bay County were withheld over what was termed as possible irregularities. At least 400 candidates had been registered at the school.