29 January 2013

Kenya: Coast Private Schools Emerge Tops in KCPE

TANA River County scored the lowest marks in terms of performance, as James Tinga Mwasaha, from Mariakani primary school in Kilifi, emerged top.

In the recently released KCPE results, public schools were ranked poorly as compared to private schools, with only two candidates emerging out of the top ten best students from Mombasa county region.

Kenya National Examinations Council cancelled the results of six schools in Coast province, in Kwale, Mombasa and Kilifi counties, after allegedly finding them with irregularities in Kiswahili, English and Science subjects.

The school were listed as Ningawa Primary in Kwale, with Mombasa county having four-St Kevin, Tudor Junior Academy, Harambee Gardens and Mwingo Academy, and Malindi having Karima Primary School.

The top three best students from Mombasa county were from Nyali primary, while the rest of who were from St Joseph Herman Marx, Sega Junior School, Papyrus Academy and citadel Junior School.

Tana River County was ranked position 44 with a mean score of 211 out of the 47 schools, with Mombasa topping in the region but came at a distance 35th having a mean score of 238.

Kilifi, Taita, Lamu and Kwale, occupied position 40, 41, 42, and 43 respectively. The highest student in Tana River County scored 404 marks, with the percentage of boys to girls being 70 percent against 30 percent.

Bottom schools in the county were Nanighi, Walesorea, Semikaro, Haroresa, Rhoka, areas which were most affected by the clashes that led to over 200 deaths. The schools had a mean score of between 129 and 165 marks.

In Lamu county, the top schools were ranked as Mpeketoni Good Shepherd, Stone Town Academy, Swafaa Academy, Kiongwe and Lake Kenyatta, while Kilifi had Tahdhib Muslim, Kingsway Junior, Malindi Little Angels, Mtwapa Elite and Kilifi High Vision as the top schools.

In Mombasa, Miritini, Kashani, Maunguja, Utange and Portreiz were the bottom schools. The top performing students came from Nyali primary, St Joseph Herman Marx, High Gate, Mwingo Academy, Amani, Changamwe, Victory Junior and Ganjoni.

Those who topped among the best were generally male candidates, save for Mombasa county where seven of the best were female and six male. This was followed by Kilifi and Kwale counties.

There was little celebrations in most of the schools, with this being the first time for students to be in schools, when the results were released by Education Minister Mutula Kilonzo.

At the little known Victory Junior Academy in Chaani, which shares the same compound with a garage yard, and had 21 candidates, students were out for lunch as the results were announced.

They danced in celebration after learning that the school had produced the best student, with the headteacher, Herbert Obwina, attributing the success to good preparation and cooperation between teachers, pupils and parents. The school garnered a mean score of 365.

Mwasaha, who wants to be a bank manager in future, said he draws inspiration from his elder brother, who is studying at Kenyatta University, Mombasa Campus.

The news got him at his rural home in Mariakani, with his father who is a casual laborer, at Mabati Rolling Mills, as the duo were listening to the radio.

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