Majority of candidates expected to sit for their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exams are still performing below average.

The report is according to a new study by the Kenya National Examination Council. 

KNEC has therefore expressed concern after substantial proportions of learners did not attain the minimum benchmark ( 50% ) in most of the subjects assessed.

“For instance, in KSL Composition, Mathematics, KSL (Language,) English Composition and Kiswahili Composition( Insha) only 25.94%, 34.54%, 36.18%, 39.90%, and 45.19% of the learners respectively attained the minimum proficiency level,” the report reads.

According to KNEC, significant proportions of pupils did not attain the minimum proficiency level in other skills and content areas of the assessed subjects.

In Mathematics, for example, significant learning gaps were noted in measurement, averages, percentages, 80 proportions and ratios, and money with 69.01%, 68.57, 68.26%, and 66.96% of the learners respectively not attaining minimum benchmark.

“This points to low mastery of subject-specific skills and content,” the KNEC report adds.

Education officials who conducted the assessment also raised the alarm over the substantial percentages of pupils not attaining minimum proficiency levels in language skills.