Bomet Governor Dr Joyce Laboso has described as shocking and sad the fact that 10 percent of students who sat for Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) in the county will join universities.

Dr Laboso said it was unfortunate the county posted a mean-score of 3.4 in the exams compared to 3.9 and 5.7 mean scores recorded in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

“Out of 16,431 students who sat for KCSE examination in Bomet County last year, only 1,645 got between A- and C+, translating to only 10 percent who will get places in universities,” Dr Laboso said.

Speaking during an education stakeholders meeting in Bomet town, the Governor said the failure by any of the schools to emerge in the top 100 in the country.

“17 percent of the students who got C- will pursue diploma courses while 16.4 percent who got a D+ will be eligible to start off with certificate courses. The rest – who form the majority at 66 percent – got D, D- and E.It is a dead end for them,”

Dr Laboso the county had set aside over Sh 45 million on bursaries in the current financial year with over 504 students in secondary schools under the program.

“Much as secondary school education is not devolved, as a County, we cannot detach ourselves when our children are failing exams. The function may be domiciled at the national level but we feel the pain at the local level and must chart the way forward,” Dr Laboso said.

Deputy Governor Dr Hillary Barchok, Senator Dr Christopher Langat, Secondary school principals, Members of the Boards of Management and Parents Teachers Association officials, Members of County Assemblies were among those who attended the function at the Centre for Devolved Governance (CDG).