Despite Leading in Kilifi County, School Rejects KCSE Results: “We’re Shocked”

Written by on 11 January 2024

NAIROBI, Kenya, January 11- Arabuko Forest High School, despite emerging as the top performer in Kilifi County based on the recently released KCSE results, has contested the outcome, claiming it does not accurately represent the students’ true performance capabilities.

The school’s Principal, Alwai Rashid, expressed dissatisfaction with the mean grade of B- (8.14), stating that it fell significantly below their target of 9.12. Rashid noted that there were challenges in the 2023 KCSE results but did not provide specific details, citing shock and unmet expectations.

In contrast to previous years where the school achieved several A-s, the top four candidates in 2023 received a grade of B+. Rashid found this unusual, particularly since their top-performing student scored a B+, a departure from the consistent trend of securing multiple As in previous years. He expressed bewilderment at how students with a history of strong performance were outperformed by those who were not expected to excel.

“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,” Rashid added.


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