Success in the KCPE exams is not new for New Light Komarock. In 2002 after fielding its first set of class 8 pupils one of its students scooped first place nationally and another third place.
In 2010 the school went on to take first place nationally and was subsequently the best performing school in Nairobi county in the 2011 KCPE examinations.
In spite of its success, Njeru is adamant New Light will remain a school accessible to the masses, “We have been performing well for the last 10 years and our fees range between Sh6,000 and Sh20,000; that hasn’t and will not change just because we are number one.”
If you had any plans to transfer your child to New Light in the hope they perform as well as Audrey, you will have to wait a little longer Njeru explains regretfully: “We don’t go above 2,000 pupils. We have six streams per class and we don’t take more than 45 in each.”
“The plan now,” Njeru says determinedly, “is to remain in first place.”
The shouts of celebration have died down and the jubilant students have now cleared the courtyard silently occupying their classes in an effort to do just that – repeat their success in 2013.