Despite increased teenage pregnancies and dropout reported in Narok County during the season when schools were closed because of Covid-19 pandemic, girls have recorded impressive results.
A spot-check in most of the schools in the County show that girls have out shined boys in the just announced Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) results.
At St’ Mary’s Girl’s Boarding School in Narok North Sub County, four girls attained over 400 marks where Joan Pererua Tajeu led with 412 marks, Cynthia Moraa- 409, Emma Cheruto Korir- 408 and Milanoi Tikana got 403 marks.
The School’s Principal, Sister Pauline Cosmos, praised her pupils for making the school proud despite the challenges of Covid-19.
“We have proved that despite being a public school, we can register good results. We thank God because of the good results,” she told the media.
A visit to Blessed Narok Schools Academy in Narok North Sub-County, showed teachers and parents celebrating the good results they attributed to the good relationship between teachers, pupils and parents.
The school’s Head Teacher, Jacob Masibo, said the teachers worked hard to ensure they complete the syllabus regardless of the Covid-19 pandemic that affected learning in the year 2020.
He thanked God for the good performance, saying the school had four pupils attaining over 400 marks where three of them are girls and one boy.
At Fanaka Schools, joy filled the air as pupils, parents and teachers matched around their school neighborhoods chanting songs of praise to God.
This is after the school registered a mean score of 381, a score that could be one of the highest in the County.
The School’s Head Teacher, Mr Euctus Makaka, said he was very confident that the class would perform well because they were disciplined, hardworking and a self-driven lot.
The number of candidates who sat for this year’s KCPE in the County increased by 23.8 per cent as compared to the number that sat for the same exam in the year 2019.
The County Quality Assurance officer Mr Robert Moseti said the upward trend was because of intensive mobilization to ensure all school going children were in school as expected.
He noted that the total number of boys who did the exam was 15, 287 and girls were 14, 839 candidates.
“The total number of candidates who sat for the just released KCPE in Narok County is 30, 126. This is a huge improvement as those who sat for the same exam in the year 2019 were 24, 328. We want to maintain this upward trend,” he said.
Data released by the Department of Health in Narok County show that about 15, 500 teenage girls visited antenatal clinic in 2020 when schools were closed.
By Ann Salaton