Arusha — It was another bright day for the Arumeru- based Green Acres Primary School last week, when the prestigious learning institution was presented with special awards for its outstanding performance in last year's National Examinations, results of which were announced early this year. The school was awarded with a trophy, shield and certificate for its efforts.
Green Acres emerged the top performing school in Arusha, scoring the first position out of 352 schools in the Region. The school came fourth Nationally out of a total of 11,912 primary schools in Tanzania, that sat for the Class Seven Exams, last year.
All the top five boys in Arusha region, namely, George Japhet, Daniel Urio, Collins Mwanri, Frederick Fortunatus and Toivo Lawrence, were all pupils from Green Acres, while the school also produced four out of the five best performing girls in the region.
The top five girls were named as; Gift Kassago from Imani School of Sombetini, who took the first position, others were Felister Dill, Florah Felician, Sania Yahya and Beatrice Kalutu all of whom, being pupils of Green Acres. Both the top five girls and boys, were also awarded during the week's ceremony.
The trend to award the region's best performing Primary School was started by the former Regional Commissioner, Daniel Ole Njoolay in 2002 and is still being carried out by the current RC Mohammed Babu. During the recent event however, the Regional Administrative Secretary, Joshua Kileo presented the awards on behalf of the Regional Commissioner.
Other schools that got awarded include, Trust St. Patrick, which was second, St. Magreth Academy, which came third and Imani Primary, in the fourth position. Others were the Ngorongoro based, Makao Mapya Primary, which took the fifth position and stood out as being the only public school in the top ten list being dominated by private institutions.
Makao Mapya was also the only school in the top ten list, which is located outside Arusha urban or Arumeru locality. It was followed by Usa River Academy in the sixth position, Olorien Valley which came seventh, Kilimani Primary, Naasha Primary and St. Thomas Primary, in the eighth, ninth and tenth positions respectively.
All heads of the top performing schools, District Commissioners for Arusha, Arumeru and Ngorongoro, together with their District Education Officers and the Regional Education officer, for Arusha, attended the award presenting ceremony which took place at the Arusha District Hall.