West Pokot County scored the highest mean grade in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination in the last three years. It is also the only county that managed a pass grade during that period.
In 2016, West Pokot scored a mean score of 5.1 points or grade C- in the exams, a significant drop from 7.0 or C+ the previous year and 6.8 or C in 2014.
A quarter of candidates who sat the test in the county scored C+ and above, the university cut-off grade. But this was a major decline in performance compared to two previous years when more than half of the candidates scored at least C+. However, the 5,121 candidates only constituted one per cent of all candidates in the country in 2016. West Pokot was followed by Elgeyo-Marakwet with a mean score of 4.7 (D+) and Siaya with a mean score of 4.6 (D+). One in five candidates in both counties attained grade C+ and above. Three per cent or 15,301 candidates sat the examination in Siaya and one per cent or 7,403 in Elgeyo Marakwet.