Two top 2013 KCPE candidates in Kitui county have won themselves full secondary school scholarships.
The top girl from Precious Moment Academy in Nguni, Victoria Mbiti, who got 422 marks and the second best boy, James Kimanzi Ngui of ACK Neema Academy in Mwingi who garnered 426 marks have been offered the sponsorship by their MP Joe Mutambu.
"I am extremely elated by the sterling performance not only by schools in my constituency but by the fact that the bulk of the top 10 candidates come from my area. The two top students will get full bursary for their secondary school education," said the MP for Mwingi Central.
Mutambu who called the Star to make the declaration said Mbiti's education will be financed by Joe Mutambu Foundation while James Kimanzi's education support will come from his Mwingi Central CDF kitty.
"Topping the examination in the entire Kitui county is no mean fete. These candidates have really done the constituency and myself proud. They deserve to be rewarded in a big way. A considerable number of schools in the constituency are also on top of the County KCPE chart," said the MP.
Mutambu said the impressive performance goes to tell the high premium local learners, teachers and parents place on education in his constituency.
According to the just released results, all the top five in the 2013 KCPE schools in Kitui County, save for one, came from Mutambu's turf.
They are Precious Moment, Mui Kings, Kanginga Oasis and the By Grace Academies in that order.
Mutambu however lamented some schools that performed dismally in the exam. He promised to help them out as long as the school managers would present the challenges they faced to him.
Meanwhile, the Secretary of the Kitui County Private Schools' Association Julius Mutukaa yesterday derided public schools in Kitui for performing awfully in the KCPE. He said it is only the private academies that saved the day for Kitui, lest it would have been at the bottom of the KCPE ranking.
"The private academies in Kitui County registered exceptional performance, while the public schools lagged behind. Since Kitui was position 38 nationally even with the Academies good showing, it could have been in the bottom positions were it to for the private schools," Mutukaa lamented.
He however blamed the sickening performance by the public schools to, "lack of the monitoring of curriculum implementations in the schools because the county lacked quality assurance officers". He said there was no political will to support education among Kitui leaders.
-The Kitui County second best candidate in the 2013 KCPE James Kimanzi Ngui who scored 426 marks is carried shoulder high by parents and teachers as they celebrated his performance at the parents Ikulya village home in Waita division of Mwingi Central constituency.