Top KCPE Performer Beats the Rest Despite Disability

The top performer in this year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) nurses the ambition of becoming a psychiatrist. Goldina Kakuyu, from St. Anne’s Academy in Kakamega Central Sub-county living with albinism, scored 455 out of the possible 500 marks.

The girl says the schools of her choice are the Kenya High and the Safaricom Foundation Academy. She hails from Malava Sub-county in Kakamega. And Kakamega Primary School in the same county managed to have a pupil among the top performers in this year’s Kenya Certificate for Primary Education (KCSE) despite constraints. The leading performer Tracy Sakwa, scored 433 marks out of the possible 500 in a class of 284 candidates. It is the largest public school in the region with a population of over 3,000 pupils. The School Head Teacher Mr. Dickson Wanyangu said over 20 pupils had attained 400 and above marks and was contented with the results. At the neighboring, Kakamega Hill, a private institution reputed for posting impressive results, the top three scorers, Margaret Mugah, Faith Kiruri and David Okelo attained 439 marks each, where 80 of the 154 obtaining 400 and above. The School’s Principal, Mr. Washington Tsuma, attributed the good performance to the synergy between learners, parents and teachers.

The Daisy Special School, which produced last year’s top performer nationally, Victor Oduor who scored 437 dropped as the best pupil, Purity Munguvah, attained 346 marks. The Head Teacher Ms. Rosemary Obiero attributed the drop to the fact that more of this year’s candidates were those with severe disabilities as compared to the previous one. She added that some learners were disadvantaged as some needed large print while others needed special aides which the KNEC did not provide.

While Juja Preparatory School recorded an 11 points improvement in the just announced Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) results. According to the Head Teacher, Ms. Anne Otieno, this was a very difficult year considering the political temperatures and numerous school breaks but the students proved resilient and recorded the improved results. The School recorded a mean grade of 364 which is an improvement with 11 points with 12 out of the 49 candidates scoring 400 and above marks, she explained. In our schools we don’t sieve the pupils who come to us, we take them all without any discrimination and work on their different talents and gift which ensures a good balance between class work and co-curriculum activities, said Ms. Otieno. When we take this pupils some score as low as 100 marks but our teachers work with them since we believe there is something special in every child and that is why we are here to celebrate the exemplary results, she said. Carlton Mwangi, the top boy at the school who attained 425 marks said that they face a turbulent year with a lot of uncertainties but they were able to make it though in the end. I want to thank God for giving me good health during the exam time, I would like to join Alliance boys and after that join the University of Massachusetts in the USA to pursue a civil engineering course, explained Mwangi.

Tabitha Wangui who scored 414 marks, said that they got a lot of encouragement from the teachers who assured them all will be well and they would pass considering the preparations they had gone through. Wangui said that she wants to join Alliance Girls and later Kenyatta University and become a cardiologist. Catharine Ndunge, mother to Carlton Mwangi, said that she kept encouraging her son even though he kept, saying that the examination is difficult. I thank God and the school for the support and encouragement to the pupils. I wish all pupils the best as they move the next step in life, said Ndunge. And the top candidate at Machakos Primary School Deborah Ndanu, wants to study law after her high school education. Ndanu who scored 429 marks out of a possible 500 told KNA that her dream career is to join the bar once she completes her secondary school. The elated girl accompanied by her father Charles Kisilu and the mother said she owes her success to her parents and teachers who motivated her all the way. She now hopes to join the prestigious Alliance Girls High School where she intends to start working towards her dream career. Am very happy and thank God for my performance .I also thank my parents and teachers for my sterling performance and I look forward to pursuing law once I finish my high school studies, said the elated candidate . Ndanu was closely followed by Hike Mulei and Donald Mbuvi who scored 425 and 424 marks respectively.

A total of 14 pupils out 191 candidates scored more than 400 marks in the school which produces the top notch students within Machakos County. While speaking to the press in his office afterwards, the school’s Head Teacher Boniface Muindi said he was delighted at the performance, noting it that was an improvement as compared to last year. He has attributed the excellent results to hard work by both teachers and students which ensured that they completed their syllabus on time. ”The secret to our performance is due to the cooperation between the teachers, parents and learners that enabled in the covering of syllabus by the end of July. From then on we embarked on advising the pupils on how to tackle the questions, he explained. A total of 34,180 class eight pupils from Machakos County sat for KCPE this year. Out of the number 16,924 were girls while the rest were boys. Nationally, Goldalyn Kadiya of St. Anne Junior Lubao, Kakamega County, emerged the top candidate in this year’ exams after scoring 455 marks. According to statistics from the Kenya National Examinations Council, 1,002,922 million pupils registered for the KCPE exam, while another 615,284 registered for the KCSE exam this year. And Molo Academy has done it yet again by being among the best performing schools in Nakuru County after having over 20 students attaining 400 marks and above.

Addressing the media Wednesday, the school’s Headmaster, Robert Mwaura, attributed the improved performance to good discipline and hard work. Mwaura noted that last year, the school managed a mean score of 361 and are hopeful that this year’s will be higher. The same sentiments were echoed by one of their teacher, Elizabeth Kiarie who observed that they faced less discipline cases with the 2017 candidates are optimistic that in their future careers, they will continue to be performers. The highest pupil was Ogato Ian, who got 439 marks, followed by Christopher Macharia with 420 and Dryvas Wachira who managed 419. Mwaura lauded the effort by the Education Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiangi to have the results released early and selection of the pupils to secondary schools too, saying that the move will give parents and guardian’s ample time to prepare children to join form one. And in Muranga county, Moi Primary School in Gatanga Sub-county registered great improvement in KCPE after 15 students scored more than 400 marks. Last year only one student managed to score more than 400 marks in the school located near the border of Murang’a and Kiambu counties. The School Head Teacher Ms Jennifer Gichore, attributed the good performance to cooperation between teachers and parents.

Speaking when the pupils and parents gathered at the school to celebrate, Gichore said this year’s class eight students were very discipline and hardworking. Having 15 students scoring more than 400 marks is a great improvement since last year we had only one student attaining 410 marks, she added. Gichore was posted to the school in April this year after parents demonstrated accusing the former school Head Teacher of mismanaging the school funds. Meanwhile, Vidhu Ramji Primary School in Murang’a town produced the best student in the county with 442 marks. Nixon Njeru Njiru, was followed closely by Irungu Fridah Muthithi from Technology Primary School who scored 436. In the preliminary results, Technology Primary School, Bishop Perlo, academy and St. Paul Thomas Academy emerged as the top performers.

Girls have also out-performed boys for the second year in a row after a long period of dominance by boys. Technology Primary School Head Teacher, Beatrice Wachira, said over 12 pupils out of the 78 candidates from her school has scored over 400. Wachira said the first two pupils last year had 420 marks as compared to the 436 the school has posted this time round. These results are impressive but I have to say it is a result of hard work and sheer determination, Wachira said. She commended the school teachers for working late hours to ensure the pupils passed with flying colors, saying that the school hopes to perform even better next year.

Muthithi, who aspires to be a cardiologist, said prayers and working hard catapulted her towards achieving the marks she got. The 14 years old girl said her dream is to be admitted to Kenya High School. The second pupil at the school, Sheila Njeri, on her part scored 434 marks while the third, Loyce Wangechi had 431. Njeri said she did not expect to perform as well as she did and urged pupils to ensure they co-operate with their teachers and focus more on their studies. Meanwhile ,St’ Mary’s Girls’ Public Primary School in Narok North Sub-county is among the best public schools in the county where four pupils scored over 400 marks. Teachers, non-teaching staff and pupils broke into jubilation and matched around the school compound chatting songs to praise God for their victory. Four students, Brandice Kuyoni and Grace Yati managed 408 marks while Lydia Keter and Evelyn Silanti scored 407 and 404 marks respectively. Tens of pupils scored over 300 marks. The School Head Sister, Victoria Achieng praised her pupils, saying they were disciplined, hardworking and God fearing hence the reason they performed well.

Source: Kenya News Agency