Kimutai Brian from Stewards Light School in Nandi County and Otieno Akoth Daphne of Golden Elite Junior School in Kisumu County are the top candidates in the just released 2013 Kenya Certificate of the Primary Education (KCPE) examinations.
The two tied at the top leading the country scoring 444 marks out of the possible examinable 500 marks. They were followed closely with Mpekethu Uniter Riziki from Kathigiri B primary from Meru County, Boera Felix Robert of Vitale HGM in Makueni, Koskey Jonathan Kipkurui of St Mary's Ruaraka in Nairobi County and Nambiro Emmanuel Mulayi of Thorn Tree School in Kajiado County who scored 442 coming in at position 3.
Omondi Jully Lydia Awour from M M Shah in Kisumu County and Angolio Yujin Mosongo with 441 marks tied at number seven. Closing the top ten rank were, Chepkorir Dorcas Cheruiyot of Kericho Primary in Kericho County, Masila Timothy Ian Kindiu of Newlight Komarock in Nairobi County, Elizabeth Atieno Onyango of Tender Care in Nairobi County and Ndete Velma Imali of Thorn Tree School in Kajiado who came in at position nine scoring 440 marks each.
Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi who released the exams at Mtihani house Nairobi yesterday however lauded the performance by girls in the 2013 exams. He said there were more female candidates in top ten positions, with seven girls squaring out with five boys.
On county order of ranking, Kaimenyi named Kirinyaga county as top performer with a meanscore of 274, followed by Elgeyo Markwet which had meanscore of 271.
Makueni and Nandi counties tied at position 3 with meanscore ofd 267 each, as Uasin Gishu and Busia counties came at position 5 with a meanscore of 266.
Nairobi, Baringo and Kisumu counties had a meanscore of 265 at tying at position 7 as Tharaka Nithi and Westpokot closed the top ten best counties with a meanscore of 262.
Poor performers in this rank were, Mandera and Garisa counties at bottom position with a shared mean-score of 183, followed by Tana River that scooped 207 meanscore. Lamu county came fourth last position with a meanscore of 211, as Wajir county came with a menascore of 212 at fifth last position.
Others in this category of poor performing counties Laikipia, Marsabit, Kitui Isiolo, Kilifi, Kwale, Taita Taveta with a meanscore of 240, 239,233,227, 226, 218, and 217 respectively.
In top and bottom 50 districts by county nationally, Mumias from Kakamega county was ranked the best with mean mark 297, followed at second position with Arthi River distrct in Machakos county with a mean mark of 291.
Isinya district from Kajiado county was ranked third with a mean mark of 290, followed by Kirinyiga Central from Kirinyiga county with scores of 282 as Mathira East in Nyeri county closed the five best district rank with a score of 280.
Fafi, Balambala and Hulugho districts all from Garisa county were ranked the worst performers, with 159, 161, 165 mean mark respectively.
Among the most improved schools, Mabesheni primary in Kwale county was ranked top with a meanscore of 290 in 2013 compared to 180 meanscore the school got in 2012 registering 110 percent improvement index. Followed by Dadajabulla primary, from Wajir that got a mean-score of 237 down from 133 in 2012.
Loiyangalani primary school in Marsabit was rated third improved school countrywide with a mean score of 281 up from 181 in 2012, it was followed Sala Primary school in Mandera which had a meanscore of 216 from 120.
Interestingly in this most improved twenty schools category Alhadidaya primary school from Wajir with a mean-score of 290 from 195 in 2012, and Hornimo primary in Garisa county with meanscore 217 up from 141 were the only private schools listed but ranked at number 5 and 18 top improved respectively.