Education CS Fred Matiangi on Wednesday disclosed the mistake most KCSE candidates committed in the exams which proved costly.

While releasing the KCSE results at Nairobi school on Wednesday, Matiang’i announced that most candidates answered questions without properly comprehending them.

The no-nonsense CS noted that students never elaborated on questions that demanded so while some even wrote lists.

“The examiners reported that some of the questions that tested candidates’ ability to DISCUSS or EXPLAIN certain concepts that they had learnt were poorly answered, with many candidates either listing or providing sketchy answers,”  Matiang'i stated.

The Education CS attributed this to sketchy revision books and inadequate language skills to answer questions.

Matiang'i announced that from next year the Government would supply textbooks directly to High Schools which would help prepare the students for exams adequately.

Naomi Kawira

In this year's KCSE exams, only 70,073 students managed to score the required grade for university entry as compared to last years 88,929.

142 candidates registred As compared to 141 As in 2016. Naomi Kawira Kirimi, who was at Pangani girls school, emerged top after scoring a straight A - 87.011 points.