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Pupils at a classroom in Kisumu. FILE PHOTO |
Pupils at a classroom in Kisumu. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Male students are shunning the primary school teaching course, a report by the Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) indicates.

The report states that more female candidates have sat for teaching examinations than their male counterparts in the last five years.

This year 17,879 females sat for the Primary Teachers’ Education (PTE) examinations compared to 11,651 males — a difference of 6,228 candidates.

Last year, 13,646 female candidates sat for the examination against 10,402 males.

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In 2016, the report indicates that 10,587 female candidates sat for the examination compared to 8,555 males, while 10,003 candidates were female and 8,656 male in 2015. The reports says that 9,410 females sat for the exam in 2014 against 7,881 males.

The PTE examination is administered to trainees after a two-year certificate level course. The report, released last week, indicates that public colleges attract more students than private ones.

Failure to pass examinations is rampant with a huge population forced to resist examinations or drop out, the reports says.

For the last five years only 105 candidates have scored a distinction out of 109,079.

This year, only 21 scored a distinction out of 29,530 candidates who sat for the examination while 66 failed.

Another 10,457 will resit the examination next year compared to 12,438 candidates who did so last year.

This year, the Ministry of Education lowered entry grades from C to D+ in order to benefit 17 marginalised counties.

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