KCSE 2008: 40% Drop in Males with A Grade

A curious observation from performance data released yesterday by the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) of the 2008 edition of the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE):

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Notice the massive drop in males obtaining the grade A in the exam – a drop from 806 in 2007 to 489 in 2008. For kicks you could throw in the 770 from 2006 to establish a plummeting trend. Well, this offset is balanced out by a stacking of the C- to E brackets.

What caused the drop?

There’s no empirical data to support this yet, but I suspect there were two contributory factors: the post-election violence and incidences of school’s unrest over the last year.

Unfortunately the statistical data provided does not detail the performance breakdown by province as well, which would have provided more insight on the probable effect of Post-Election Violence (PEV), which seemed to have affected some provinces (read: Central, Rift Valley, Nyanza) more than others.

What else could have caused such a drop anyway?