Celebrations continue as top students honoured
Parents, teachers and students yesterday continued celebrations following the release of Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exam results on Wednesday.
Maryhill Girls High School in Kiambu made a huge leap in this year’s exams with an improvement index of more than 1.1 points after posting a mean score of 9.92 compared to 8.81 last year.
Out of the 337 candidates, 333 attained the minimum university admission grades with 25 A’s and 117 A-minus compared to only one A plain the previous year.
Vera Karimi was the top girl in the school with an A grade of 84 points and wants to pursue a degree in architecture at the University of Nairobi. Another top performer Daisy Wanjiru who got an A of 81 points and wants to study Oncology at the same university.
The Principal Jacintah Ngure said only four candidates got grade C minus. “We are encouraging students who do not attain university grades to go for courses in tertiary institutions. They should not give up because this is where the backbone of the Agenda Four is,” Ngure said.
The celebration was replicated at Moi High School Kabarak where Ezra Kizito scored A plain after garnering 86.9 points and ranked sixth nationally.
Eilleen Chelang`at of Moi Forces Academy Lanet was also celebrated after scoring 86 points.
The script was the same at the neighbouring Anester Boys High School Lanet as parents and teachers celebrated the 24 candidates who scored A-minus with the least performing candidate scoring a C plus.
The school’s best performing candidate James Ngoima scored A minus of 78 points despite having lost his mother a week to the examination. Ngoina had scored 455 points in his Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) in 2015.
The candidate’s guardian Paul Ngoima thanked the school’s directors for putting Ngoima on a full scholarship saying this gave him a chance to pursue studies.
In Teso, teachers at St. Joseph’s Kocholia Secondary School were in jubilation after the school produced its first grade A since the inception of the 8-4-4 system.
The school’s top student, Alvine Amunane scored an A- while 21 other candidates scored university entry grade (C+) and above in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) results released on Wednesday.
According to the school’s board of management chairman Sebastian Okiring and principal Fredrick Opiyo, the result was a major improvement compared to last year when only 11 students scored a (C+) and above.
“This is the best results we have ever produced since this school started in 1958. When we took over the leadership of the school’s board we had to ensure we streamline its management and operations,” he said.
“Previously, there was a lot of indiscipline among students and interference from the local community on the school’s management,” said Okiring.
And in Nyanza, two top national schools, Kanga High School and Ulanda Girls in Migore improved their results from previous years.
When Education Cabinet secretary George Magoha announced the released of the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education exam results, teachers from schools across the county had to marshal a team to review the results.
At Kanga, the school scored a mean grade 8.7, up from a mean score 8.2 the previous year with two students scoring A plain while 59 scored A-minus.
Some 67 others scored B+ (plus), B (plain) 70, B – (minus) 41, C+ (plus) 32 to have a total 271 candidates who qualify to join universities out of a total of 315 candidates who sat the exam at the school.
“We thank God for the results which was much better than what we scored last year, but never broke the 9.0 target we had this year,” Michael Gweno, the school’s principal said.
At Ulanda Girls, three students battled for the top spot after scoring A- (minus). They were: Sofia Giriago (77 points), Onyando Christine Nyanchama (75 points) and Edward Merceline (74 points).
The institution principal Finora Boyengo said she was satisfied with the results after the school got a mean score of 6.6722 which was higher than what they got last year at 5.1.
Boyengo said so far, 256 candidates out of the total 444 candidates scored C+ (plus) and above which gives them a chance to join university.
At Migori boys, the institution scored a mean score of 6.66 with 99 candidates scoring C+ (plus) and above.