DAVID Emmanuel Makala from Lucky Vincent Primary School in Arusha City, who managed 227 marks in the 2012 Standard Seven Examinations Results, has been named the overall best student in the region.
In the second position comes a girl; Gift James Kesanta of 'Shalom Primary School,' also in the city and who reaped 224 points, becomes the region's top performing female pupil. She beats with one point, Samwel Joel Solomon, the second best boy and former pupil at 'Arusha Alliance' school, who now ranks third in the region with a total score of 223.
Two candidates have tied in the fourth position and these are, Rogers Wilfred Mosha from 'Jue Primary' School and Michael Elimokozi Mamuya of Green Acres Primary. Both who got 221 marks and the two are the best students in the Arusha Rural District where their respective schools are located.
Priscilla Calvin Marealle of St Margaret Primary School tops the best girls' performers in Arusha-Rural District, in addition to becoming the second best female candidate in the region, a position she shares with Upendo Fidelis Laizer of the St Jude Primary in Arusha City.
The 220 points that both Priscilla and Upendo scored were also gained by the top five, three male performers namely, Ally Ernest Mkilanya of Imani Primary, Rashid Salum Daah also from Imani and Samwel Emmanuel Makala of Lucky Vincent Primary.
Note that Samwel is the brother to the region's best student, David and they both attended the same school, which means theirs is one brainy family. Other regional best performers who made it to the top-ten list in both male and female candidates' categories include; Martin John Lyanga (219) of Arusha Alliance, Anesius Gideon Kambey (219) of Imani, Catherine Godwell Olemeing'atak (219) also of Imani, Michael John Nyanda (218) of Arusha Alliance and Baraka William Mollam (218) of St Thomas Primary.
Reports from the Regional Administrative Office, indicate that out of the 37,493 candidates who sat for the 2012 examinations, a total of 11,029 pupils, accounting for 29.4 per cent and are mostly from pastoralist communities of Longido, Monduli and Ngorongoro performed badly.
Six candidates got 'Zero' points and got named the worst performers in the region and these include; Lomitu Merinyo Ngitoria from Ilkerini Primary (Arusha- Rural District), Maning'o Laiboni Kedinya of Engutokoit Primary (Arusha-Rural) and Emmanuel Sabaya Hussein of Natema Primary (Arusha-Rural).
The other three are girls; Rehema Komondawa Moikan of Kyoga Primary (Arusha-Rural), Sabina Mbirias Olerinya of Ndian Primary (Ngorongoro) and Ketito Orkeri Kiyapi of Irkepus Primary (Ngorongoro). All the six students who got Zeros are from Maasai communities.