NAIROBI, Kenya, March 3 – ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,’ is a saying that rang true for King’ori Tom Wanderi, the top student in the 2013 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) Examinations who received the news of his success with disbelief.
Speaking after he went to pick his results from the Alliance High School on Monday, King’ori said when he heard the news; he was in shock as he had never thought that he would achieve such a feat.
He paid tribute to his teachers, family members, friends and even colleagues whom he explained played a major role in enabling him reach his goal.
“My reaction to the news was rather wild. It was in stages. When I had the name ‘King’ori,’ I was like ‘there are a lot of King’oris,’ but when I heard Tom, I jumped on top of the table and the whole living room went wild since everyone in the family was there. I had a target of achieving the top 10 – maybe position seven or eight. But when someone told me I was the top in the country, I did not think that was possible,” he stated.
He appealed to other students in school to have a balanced view of their studies as this will ensure their success.
“I would like to encourage those behind me to work smart, read hard but at the same time also try to do other things in your life like participating in games and other extra-curricular activities. I was very active in the music sector in school. I used to rap and also play basketball where we even went to the national level, so if you balance everything, you will be okay. Do not be too much of a workaholic,” he stated.
The Principal of the school David Kariuki indicated that Alliance High school which also emerged as the top school nationally has once again regained the spot that belongs to it.
“We are very happy that we have bounced back and particularly getting the top boy in the whole country because that has eluded us for the last five years. We have either been getting the second or third but this year we are very happy that we have got the top boy,” he said.
The second best student nationally Shem Aloo Obiero of Maranda High School on the other hand has set his eyes on pursuing medicine and attributed his success to hard work.
Aloo who sat for his KCSE exams alongside his twin brother Mark Odongo Obiero who managed A – said that he wants to be a dental surgeon.
“When the Minister was reading the results, I was seated and I heard my name. I almost jumped and almost shouted. In the future I want to be a doctor, more specifically a dental surgeon,” he revealed.
The 19-year-old in a family of eight revealed that he expected to perform well owing to his steadfast record in school.
The second top female candidate Norah Chelagat from Precious Blood High school echoed his sentiments while stating that her hard work in her studies had finally paid off.
“We were watching the proceedings then I heard the Minister mis-pronounce my name. When I heard that I was number four, I literally died (sic). I just went outside on the tarmac road and fell down and started crying. Words cannot describe how I felt at the time,” she said.
Maseno School regained its top position academically in Nyanza after emerging fifth nationally in the just released 2013 KCSE exams.
The national school that was ranked third among the national schools also beat their arch rivals Maranda High School that failed to be among the top ten nationally.
Students broke into dance immediately Education Cabinet Secretary Prof Jacob Kaimenyi announced Maseno School in top 10.
Principal Paul Otula attributed their performance to hard work and discipline among the students.
He said they have posted the best results ever since the introduction of 8-4-4 system.