NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 3 – Light Academy in Nairobi and Maranda High School are among secondary schools that produced best results for the 2015 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations.
At Light Academy, Zacharia Ndung’u who sold githeri to raise his school fees scored straight A’s in all the subjects, producing a mean score of A plain.
Ndung’u who was ranked last in his school’s category of indexes says he is keen to venture into anything to do with finance.
“I can say that the will to achieve was within myself. It was not induced and I just had that impetus to excel and I used to read a lot and even the rest of the school can attribute to that but mine was not just quantity reading alone but also quality reading,” he narrated.
The top student in the school attributed his success to hard work, dedication and persistence.
“It was too tough, but at the end of the day I can thank God that it has turned out well and I am grateful for my success,” he said.
Second placed Taehwan Ominde stated that he will use his sterling performance as a launching pad to venture into actuarial science where he will fight corruption.
“I am really elated, I feel really good I feel great and I am really happy. I put God first in prayer and then the teachers were all very supportive, they helped so much and I also appreciate the teamwork from my fellow students,” he said.
The school’s principal Mustafa Genc attributed their average score of 10.93 to hard work by both the teachers and students.
“The school has come up with a mean grade score of A minus. In KCSE 2014 the school recorded a mean grade of 11.24 so we are still in the A minus bracket. This school has and continues to have the potential of producing excellent performance and we hope to continue that way,” he said.
Also celebrating were teachers, candidates and parents of Maranda High School, who brought business to a standstill in Bondo town earlier Thursday.
The school Principal Boaz Owino says they registered a tremendous improvement in last year’s KCSE examination results with an aggregate mean grade of 10.62 compared to 10.45 recorded the previous year.
“As we have 68 A plains, 166 A minus, 87 B plus, 30 B plain, 14 B minus, 3 C plus and 1 C plain and so that is good performance as it means that only one student has missed university placement,” he stated.
At the Chogoria High School in Tharaka-Nithi which had a mean score of A minus, it was all celebrations as the Principal Virginia Gitonga stated that the teachers’ strike had a positive effect on students as they had more time to revise.
Gitonga says the strike offered them enough time to do revision since they had completed syllabus as early as March and this enabled them to achieve a mean grade of 10.183.
She indicates that discipline and good relationship between the teachers and students had also contributed positively to the good results.
Other schools which performed well in Maara district included Kiurani Boys with an average of 9.78 and Chogoria Boys’ Secondary which had a mean of 9.03.
(Ojwang Joe contributed to this report from Kisumu)