, NAIROBI, Kenya Nov 21 – Goldalyn Kakuya of St Anne Junior Lubao in Kakamega County is the top student in this year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations after she scored 455 out of 500 marks.
Kakuya, who in the future aspires to study psychotherapy, attributed her stunning performance to hard work and discipline.
“I am really honoured celebrating this, it’s wonderful! I can say sincerely I expected to do well but not to this extent. This has come as a surprise.”
“I dedicate this performance to the people who have supported me throughout my journey in education; my teachers, my friends, my parents and the school,” said the top performer while expressing her wish to join either Kenya Girls High School or M-PESA Foundation Academy.
An elated Harrison Otanga congratulated his daughter for her performance that attracted national acclaim.
“My daughter has been leading in her class since she joined the school for her Early Child Development Education. I have always been encouraging her to keep studying hard. I use to tell her that she must never let go other steering wheel and leave the positions to the pupils competing with her. So I am very happy and thankful that she has maintained the position and until she finished a primary school studies,” he said.
Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi who released the results earlier on Tuesday stated that this was major improvement compared to last year when the top achiever got 437.
He attributed it to strict guidelines in schools and the way the exams were administered.
“Our highest candidate this year scored 455 marks. You know last year, the top candidate got 437 marks which is a remarkable improvement. In fact, if last year’s top candidate was ranked, they would not even be in the top 20 category this year because we have candidates who have performed very well,” he said.
In Makueni County, 33 students scored 400 marks and above in ACK Wote Township Primary School.
Ten pupils scored over 400 marks in KARI Mwailu Primary.
In Nakuru County, St Peters Elite School Gilgil produced some of the best performers with Gathoni Macharia and Sharon Muthoni leading the pack after scoring 447 Marks and 444 marks respectively while Moses Kamau came third with 433 marks.
More than 40 candidates from the school had over 400 marks of the 113 who sat the national examination at the school.
Kiki Mumbi of Gilgil Hills Academy was all smiles after receiving news that she attained 432 marks in her KCPE results.
At Crater Montessori Academy in Milimani, parents and teachers celebrated their results with the top pupil garnering 429 marks.
Meanwhile, private schools in both Laikipia and Nyandarua counties produced top performers in this year’s KCSE.
In Laikipia county 14 year old Valerie Moraa from Laikipia Airbase Primary School emerged the best overall after she scored 445 marks out of a possible 500 marks.
Nyahururu’s John Paul II Primary School which produced the best candidate last year had its best candidate John Mark Nguiri coming second having scored 441 marks.
Little known St Christopher Academy also based in Nanyuki produced some of the other best students with most of them scoring over 400 marks.
Coming fourth was Victor Caleb from the school with 436, Victor Mwangi 434, David Ndebu 431 and Ann Waitherero 424 marks respectively.
They all come from one school.
In the public category, Nyahururu’s 91 Municipality Primary School produced the best candidate in Wesley Ndegwa Wahome who got 421 marks.
He aspires to join Alliance Boys High school and thereafter become an engineer.
In Nyandarua, Nyahururu Elite Schools produced the two best candidates Mwangi Aaron Gichini who got 441 marks while Waweru Mark Kogi got 440 marks.
Karanu Mark Ndiritu from Riverbank Academy got 435 marks while Beverson Kimuhu from Nyahururu Highway Schools emerged third after he got 425 marks.