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Indiscipline cited for poor KCSE results in Kwale

Region failed to produce a single grade A. It had only managed a few A minuses in Matuga Girls and Kwale High School

In Summary
  • Last year, none of the schools managed to get students with an A plain.
  • Many students were unable to pay fees and settle arrears on time hindering effective management of learning institutions.
Matuga Girls High school students
CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE: Matuga Girls High school students
Image: SHABAN OMAR

As many counties brag about good results in the 2021 KCSE results, Kwale remained silent.

The region that has earned itself a name among the best performing coastal counties ended up as a disappointment in KCSE exam this year.

Kwale has for three years produced top students and the best schools. 

In the 2021 KCPE exam results, at least two top schools came from Kwale.

However, in this year's KCSE exam  results, the region failed to produce a single grade A. It only managed a few A minuses in Matuga Girls and Kwale High School.

Last year, none of the schools managed to get students with an A plain.

Matuga Girls posted 12 A minuses with a mean score of 7.897. In 2020, they had seven with a mean score of 7.823.

Kwale High had five A minuses with a mean score of 7.4. Previously, it posted nine with a mean score of 7.74.

According to county director of Education Martin Cheruiyot, indiscipline cases among students is to be blamed for the poor performance.

Cheruiyot said the region has the potential to do great but increased unrest in schools has drawn them back.

In 2021,  Kwale schools reported the highest number of arson attacks in the Coast region.

By December last year, more than 14 schools had experienced fire incidents.

The schools where dormitories were torched include Waa Boys, Ngozi Girls, Kingwede, Kinondo High School, Mwanambeyu, Kaya Tiwi, Mazeras Boys, Mwaluphamba, Taru and Golini.

Police investigations later revealed that majority of the learners were into drugs, a factor that contributed to indiscipline cases.

About six KCSE exam candidates had their exams in prisons after being linked to arsons.

Cheruiyot said arson attacks posed a major challenge in the learning institutions as most of the affected schools were forced to break before mid term to pave way for investigations and reconstruction.

"Many of our schools recorded fire reports and it interfered with syllabus coverage," he said.

The director said financial constraints also affected learning in schools.

He said many students were unable to pay fees and settle arrears on time hindering effective management of learning institutions.

Cheruiyot said many schools reported difficulties in purchasing lab equipment and reagents for practical classes.

"Low fee payment was a major drawback to most institutions and affected the preparedness of the schools in engaging students for science practical lessons," he said.

The officer said the laboratory learning activities are expensive to run and require enough funding.

At least 8,969 candidates sat for the KCSE exams in Kwale.  4,368 were boys and 4,601 girls.

Kwale High School principal Michael Mutua said the clogged exam and learning calendar gave students less time to study.

He said many schools had to rush to complete the syllabus within the shortest time which didn't allow more time to prepare the learners.

(Edited by Tabnacha O)

County director of Education Martin Cheruiyot in Kwale on Friday
County director of Education Martin Cheruiyot in Kwale on Friday
Image: SHABAN OMAR
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