2009 kcse results out

UPDATE: The KNEC system seems to be down, judging by the amount of comments and requests I have received in the last few hours. I guess the cell phone thing is not working after all. Even the Nation went down at some point last night.

The 2009 KCSE results are out.

The best student in the country in last year’s national examination was David Ndung’u of Mang’u High School (yours truly’s alma mater. Congrats David!!! Jishinde Ushinde!!!). The top 100 list of students is largely dominated by students from public national and provincial schools. More on this here…

I am yet to read the entire report but the one thing that jumped at me is that no girl made it to the top ten nationally. Only 27 girls were in the top 100. The best female student was Grace Wambui of Moi Girls School Eldoret. She came 11th. Additionally, although overall performance went up this year the pass rate (C+ and above) was a dismal 24.56%. Mr. Ongeri clearly has more to answer for than just the cash scandal that hangs over his head.

kenyan students await the release of the 2009 KCSE results

The Kenyan Ministry of Education is due to release the results of Kenya’s high school national examinations (KCSE). This year the government will text the results directly to student’s cell phones – for those who subscribed – mitigating the need to actually visit one’s school or the KNEC headquarters to find out about one’s grades.

I expect that the usual suspects – subsidized national schools like Mang’u, Starehe, Alliance Girls, Kenya High etc – will top the charts. Although public and therefore subsidized by the government, the overwhelming percentage of the students in these schools usually come from private primary schools. Most public primary schools have since gone to the dogs due to the ill planned introduction of free primary education by the Kibaki Administration. And as in most years, I expect to hear a lot of noise from members of civil society (whose kids go to private primary schools, then public high schools and universities) to complain about the unfair education system that continues to reproduce existing inequalities. Silence on this issue from these same civil society types will then set in in about a week or so, until the next time the ministry releases exam results.

still no concrete deadline for a return to democracy in Niger

Niger’s military junta just named an interim government that included three generals that were close to former President Tandja. The leader of the junta, Major Djibo, promised a return to democracy in the near future but did not give actual dates.

I still have faith in the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy, see post below. That said, the longer they stay in power the harder it will be for Niger to return to civilian rule.