Girls have performed relatively better than boys in the 2017 KCPE exams because there was no cheating, activist Naomi Cidi has said.
While releasing the exam results on Monday, Education CS Fred Matiang’i said there were no recorded cases of irregularities in this year’s exam.
Cidi on Thursday attributed the better performance to the Matiang’i rules which sealed all cheating loopholes.
The political and human rights activist said in an environment where there is cheating, the males thrive better than girls.
“All these rules that Matiang’i has put in place has given us an opportunity to shine,” said Cidi, who spoke to the Star on phone.
The top three students in the country in this year’s KCPE exams are girls.
She said she will mobilize all Kilifi women and go round schools rewarding the girls who scored 400 marks and above in the 2017 KCPE exam.
“It will be a Christmas present for the girls,” said Cidi.
She said the performance deserves a celebration because it has not happened in a long time and it should serve as a springboard for more success for women in the country.
The founder of the Coast People Forum said this is also the case in politics.
“This means even the women in politics, if we can be given a free and fair election, believe me we can shine. Examination and elections are always stolen from women,” Cidi said.
Cidi said even though both men and women cheat in both election and exams, the environment of confusion and chaos always disadvantages the women.
“In a level playing field where there is no cheating, chaos and huge sums of money involved, and there is only campaigning and studying, believe me the women will always shine,” said Cidi.
The former Kenya Airports Authority chair said women will thrive in politics if the game is cleaned because they have the potential.
“It is only the fair opportunity that is lacking,” she noted.
Women politicians and activists have been calling for affirmative action to increase the number of women in leadership positions, especially in Parliament.
-The Star/BY BRIAN OTIENO