Nairobi — It was all joy and jubilation for top candidates and their schools following the release of the 2012 Kenya Certificate of Primary School Education (KCPE) examination results on Monday.
At the little known Victory Junior Mombasa Academy, the air was charged with happiness after the school emerged top in Mombasa.
Pupils, teachers and parents were in celebration most of the day after Education Minister Mutula Kilonzo announced the KCPE results.
"Our mission is to provide quality education and inculcate moral values for sustainable individual in society," said the school head Herbert Obwina.
The school located in Changamwe constituency was a beehive of activities as parents, well-wishers and journalists poured in big numbers to congratulate and get the first hand information of the school.
Obwina described education as investment and expressed his joy at having led the school to great heights during the examinations.
"We were placed position seventh in 2011 KCPE exams with a mean score of 362 but we are happy that the 21 pupils who sat for the 2012 examinations have improved the mean score to 365 this time round," added Obwina.
The school had 11 girls and 10 boys who sat the 2012 examinations.
"God is great that we have made it this far. We want to retain the top position in 2013 examinations," said the director.
In Nyahururu, John Paul II primary school emerged the best school in Laikipia in the just released KCPE results.
The school which is owned by the Catholic Dioceses of Nyahururu got a mean score of 486 marks beating other academic giants in the region.
This was the first time that the school presented candidates to sit for KCPE since its inception.
It was song and dance as the former candidates joined their teachers and other pupils in celebrating the results.
The top student at the school, Gregory Gichuku, scored 417 marks.
According to the school head teacher Sister Catherine Gathuma, this was a major surprise to them since this is the first time the school offered the examinations.
She narrated how they were surprised to hear the name of the school in the media saying it is all glory to God.
She attributed the success to cooperation among all the stakeholders.
The head teacher also attributed the success to the fact that the pupils had completed their syllabus months before the examination period.
Read the full KCPE results here
While congratulating the 20 schools that produced the best results, Education Minister Mutula Kilonzo announced that the Ministry of Education was working on a new method of ranking.
Kilonzo explained that ranking schools and students solely on their academic performances is retrogressive.
He pointed out that candidates who fail in the national examinations will no longer have to repeat.
The minister who spoke while releasing last year's KCPE results said that research has shown that even after repeating, candidates never produce better results.
He said repeating national examinations is also against the new Constitution.
The minister indicated that there were fewer cases of cheating in schools, which he attributed to strict rules and regulations introduced last year.