Top school in Kilifi protests KCSE results

Arabuko Forest High School, a private school in Kilifi County has expressed dissatisfaction over the recently released Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education results.

Despite being the top performer in the County, the school claimed that the result was not a true reflection of the students’ performance as it had been for years.

In a press briefing at the school, the Principal Mr Alwai Rashid said the mean grade was far below their target.

“Concerning the 2023 KCSE results, we feel there were challenges that we cannot state in detail because we are shocked, we had big expectations and we did not expect a mean grade of B-. We were expecting a performance far better considering the preparations we did for our candidates in the year 2023,” he said.

Unlike other years which have seen the school record several A-s, in 2023 their leading four candidates had a grade of B+.

Mr Rashid said the school expected to score a minimum mean grade of a B.

The school had 97 candidates and scored a mean grade of B- of 8.14 against their target of 9.2.

“We had the best students who did not score the result that we expected and then there are students who were not performing well in class but recorded good results and this has confused us,” he added.

Mr Rashid said the performance dropped slightly from the 2022 KCSE mean grade of 8.7(B).

“We are proud that the mean score still places us on top of Kilifi County and far above many competitive schools in the region and the nation,” he added.

The school has been recording an improvement in its performance and an increase in the number of candidates since 2016 when it scored a mean score of 5.9 with 57 candidates.

Bahari Girls National School in Kilifi improved their performance after recording a mean score of 7.65 (B-) from their target of 7.69.

The Principal Ms Hamaro Sylvano said the school had 260 candidates but one did not sit for her examinations due to health complications.

Ribe Boys High School, a national school in Kilifi had 230 candidates with a mean score of 6.9 had one student with an A grade and six who got A-. Out of 230 candidates, 113 qualified for university.

Kilifi North Sub County Director of Education Mr Hassan Abdulattif said some schools are yet to get their full results.

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