Although Yasmin Mohamed Ahmed is confident that she will do well in this year’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination, whatever happens, she has already achieved more than most girls in Garissa County.

Many of the girls who started Standard One at the same time as her dropped out of school and got married a long time ago.

In last year’s KCSE examination, girls constituted 29 per cent and boys 71 per cent of the candidates in Garissa. The share of girls sitting the examination improved by one per cent over the previous year in the county that tied in second place from the rear with Mandera, a Nation Newsplex review of education data reveals.

"Sometimes bright girls end up performing dismally in school just because they are bullied by boys."

“When your classmate is married off, it destroys your morale for studying,” said the 18-year-old student at Umu Salama Girls Secondary School in Garissa.

The former Children Assembly speaker said lack of basic needs also force girls to stay at home.

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