, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 31 – Mabesheni Primary School in Kwale District was rated as the school that had most improved in the 2013 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations released on Tuesday.
It was followed by Dadajabulla Primary School in Wajir, Loiyangalani Primary School in Marsabit and Sala Primary School of Mandera County.
Education Cabinet Secretary Professor Jacob Kaimenyi who released national examination results for primary schools said more public schools had showed an improvement compared to the number of private schools that had improved last year.
Kimutai Brian of Stewards Light School in Nandi County and Otieno Akoth Daphne of Golden Elite Junior School in Kisumu County are the top candidates of the 2013 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exams.
Brian and Daphne scored 444 marks out of 500 marks.
The two were closely followed by four candidates who scored 442 marks each.
Mpekethu Uniter Riziki of Kathigiri B School in Meru County, Boera Felix Robert of Vitale HGM in Makueni, Koskey Jonathan Kipkurui of St Mary’s Ruaraka in Nairobi County and Nambiro Emmanuel Mulayi of Thorn Tree School in Kajiado County all came in at number three.
In the list of top five private and public schools, Kaimenyi said Kathigiri B Primary School in Meru, which produced the third best student nationally, was the best public school in the 2013 KCPE examinations ranking.
The other public schools ranked as top five were St Mathews Septonok Primary School in Nandi County, M.P.I.S Primary School in Homa Bay County and at number four was St Andrews Kagwa Boys Primary School in Nyamira County followed by All Saints Kerbonik Academy also in Nandi County.
Makini Ngong Road Academy in Nairobi was ranked best private school followed by Nyali St Kevin in Mombasa County and Newlight Komarock Academy in Nairobi County.
On third position is Chelsa Academy in Bomet and Fred’s Academy in Meru counties.
In ranking per district, Mumias, Athi River and Isinya had performed best in the 2013 KCPE.
Fafi, Mbalambala, Hulugho districts all in Garissa County were the last that came after Nakuru, Mandera North, Lamu East and Wajir South.
Most of the lowest performing counties were in the Northern part of the country which included Garissa, Mandera and Wajir.
Tana River district, which has faced extensive violence over the past months, was also ranked in the bottom fifty.
While releasing the results, Kaimenyi said there was however, said there was little improvement in 2013 KCPE results as compared to 2012.
He regretted that the performance could have been affected by several factors, including the 2013 March General Election and the teachers strike that paralysed learning for several weeks prior to the national examinations.
Kaimenyi however, acknowledged that the number of candidates who sat for KCPE in 2013 had increased by 27, 829 to 839, 759 candidates compared to 2012.
In 2013, 426, 369 boys sat for the KCPE compared to the 415, 620 who sat in 2012.
In 2013, there were 413, 396 girls whereas in 2012 there were 396, 310.