Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed stated that male students excelled in 20 subjects compared to their female counterparts who excelled in six subjects.

Amina said that girls performed better in six subjects that include English, Kiswahili, CRE, Home Science, Art and Design as well as Metal Work.


18 counties had more females than male compared to 17 counties last year.

CS Amina supervising KCSE exams
CS Amina supervising KCSE exams

These include Taita taveta, Kwale, Nyandarua, Kirinyaga, Kitui, Meru, Elgeyo Marakwet, Uasin Gishu, Murang’a Kiambu, Machakos, Makueni, Tharaka Nithi, Nandi, Laikipia, Kakamega, Vihiga and Kisumu.

“In 2018, fourteen subjects recorded a significant improvement in performance compared to thirteen last year, male candidates performed better than female candidates in 20 other subjects,” she said.


About 660,000 students sat for the examination in 2018. 

315 students scored a mean grade of A in this year's KSCE exams.

The Education CS said that this was an improvement from 2017 when 142 A’s were registered.

candidates sit KCSE
candidates sit KCSE

Students with University level qualification of C+ and above hit 90,377 an increase from last year’s 70,073.