A school owned by the Catholic Church was yesterday ranked the best school in Murang'a in last year's Kenya Certificate of Primary Education.
Bishop Kairo Education Centre, run by the Catholic Diocese of Murang'a, emetged top in the county with a mean score of 367 marks.
Reverend Herman Kihuha, a teacher at the school, said the performance is a great boost to the school which performed poorly last year.
"We are very happy and excited with the news that we are the top school in Murang'a. We are not surprised as we expected the results," said Kihuha.
He said the teachers, pupils and parents worked hard to improve the school's performance.Kihuha said several students from the school have been admitted in top national schools in the past.
The school had 38 candidates.At the same time, Murang'a registered a slight improvement in last year's compared to the 2011 results.The county was ranked at position 36 out of the 47 nationally with a mean score of 236. It was ranked 40 in the 2011 KCPE.
Sara Wangari Maranga, who scored 416 marks out of the possible 500, was ranked the best student in the county.
Although none of its students and schools were in the top 10 nationally, Murang'a was among the 19 counties where cases of cheating were not reported.
St Thomas Pioneer Academy, a private school in Maragua, had produced Kenya's best student in the 2011 KCPE.It however did not perform well in last year's KCPE.