Universities who have in the previous years struggled to fill up positions due to declining number of students have a reason to smile next year as this year has recorded a rise in number of those who achieved the pass mark.
According to the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examinations, results released Wednesday, the number of students who qualified to join universities rose from 90377 last year to 125746 this year.
Candidates who scored A-plain were 627 whereas last year, there were 315 candidates scoring an A.
The ministry of education at the same time has assured that most of the 541,476 candidates who did not qualify for university will be enrolled in technical and vocational education and training (TVETs) institutions, while others will join diploma courses in colleges and universities.
Over the past years, less than 100,000 have been making the cut for university, with most having been enrolled in public institutions.
Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha asked Kenyans to embrace reforms in the education sector saying it has contributed to the improvement in performance.
“The overall performance of candidates has been increasing since we reformed the system of administering the examinations means that candidates have settled down to working hard on their own, under the leadership of their teachers to prepare for examinations,” the CS said when he released the results at Mitihani House, Nairobi, yesterday.
He also noted that exam leakage had been eliminated, although there were a few attempts at cheating through collusion and impersonation.
The CS observed that 1,309 candidates were involved in various forms of cheating this year compared with 4,519 the previous year, a number he said was “statistically insignificant.”