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Juliet Otieno tops in the KCSE 2018 Examinations 

This afternoon, the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) released the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examinations (KCSE).

KNEC has reported success in its war against exam cartels. Six master minds of examination cheating were arrested in 2018.

Cabinet Secretary for Education Ms Amina Mohamed has declared that the KCSE 2018 examinations were free and fair.

The Education CS recognized the important role played by her fellow Cabinet Secretaries Fred Matiang’i of Interior and and Joe Mucheru of ICT during the examination period.

Out of the 660,204 candidates who sat for the KCSE examinations, 321,576 or 48.71% were female.

The 660,204 candidates sat for their exams in 10,078 exam centers. A total of 274,482 candidates were aged between 19-20 years old.

The CS Amina Mohamed also indicated that female were the majority of candidates in 18 out of 47 Counties. Some of the counties where girls dominated were Taita Taveta, Kwale, Nyandarua, Kiambu, Machakos, Kitui, Meru, Makueni, Kakamega, Vihiga and Kisumu Counties among others.

The girls performed better than the boy child in English, Kiswahili, Christian Religious Education (CRE), Home Science and Metal Work. On the other hand, the Boy child performed better than girl child in 20 subjects.

A total of 315 candidates scored A (plain) compared to 142 candidates who scored A’s in 2017 KCSE examinations. This is also a great improvement over the period under review.

Minimum University entry qualifications  of C+ was attained by 90,377 candidates compared to 70,073 candidates in 2017. This is also a great improvement.

Great Improvement 

George Maingi scored 279 in KCPE but scored a mean grade of B+ during the 2018 KCSE examinations.

 Top Candidate 

Juliet Otieno from Pangani Girls scored the best grade, an A of 87.644 points. The others good performers are Edwin Otieno Ouko from Light Academy and Humphrey Rasugu from Maseno School was ranked number six among others.

Factors that led to improved performance 

  • Improved dialogues in schools
  • KNEC for the 1st time printed and distributed performance reports which aided students and teachers
  • Country-wide pre-examination exercise to sensitize and advise students and teachers
  • Lessons from 2017 KCSE were taken seriously and informed the better performance in 2018.


  • Impersonation
  • Collusion
  • KNEC cancelled results for 100 candidates
  • 56 cases still pending in courts

How to access exam results 

Interested parties can access 2018 KCSE results through sending an SMS containing the candidate’s index number to 20076. 

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