St Michael’s Boarding School in Kitui County is celebrating this year’s KCPE results after 11 pupils scored over 400 marks.
Ngunga Simon topped with 433 marks followed by Peter Mumo 428, Beatrice Mwikali 427, Ilai Kimanzi 414, and Gloria Kwamboka 413 closing the top five slots.
Kitui Central Primary School, a public school, surprised many after it produced Mohamed Naseem who scored 435 marks, Joshua Makau 418 and Rose Musyoka at 410 where six pupils scored over 400 marks.
Similarly, St Gabriel Primary School in Mwingi, Kitui County is basking in glory after producing five students with over 400 marks despite losing 12 pupils in a road accident three months to the KCPE examinations.
Some of the pupils who escaped death by a whisker in the accident and who scored highly were Ashley Mwende (415), followed closely by Faith Mumo, who scored 414 marks. Other accident survivors who got impressive marks were Diana Mwangi (383) and Lynn Mutua (356).
Christopher Nzili, the chairman of the school’s Board of Management, said 29 other pupils scored above 350 marks.
“These are impressive results by any standards considering the tragic events we went through only three months to the exam. We are happy for the children,” said Nzili.
The school posted a mean grade of 373.3 The Catholic-run school was thrust into mourning last August when their bus collided with a lorry at Kanginga bridge, killing 12 pupils. The pupils were returning from an academic at the coast.
Meanwhile, at St Josephine Bakhita Primary School in the same county, it was all joy as nine pupils scored 400 marks and above, with the top scorer posting 435 marks.
The same excitement was extended to Malivani AIC Boarding School, where eight pupils scored 400 marks and above. At Kanginga Primary School in Mwingi, the best candidate scored 427.
Amina Mohammed, Education CS (left) flanked by Kitui County Governor Charity Ngilu paying their last respects of 10 St Gabriel Primary School pupils who died after a fatal accident. The requiem mass was held on Thursday August 9, 2018 at St Joseph’s Seminary in Mwingi. Photo: Yobesh Onwong’a/KNA
By Yobesh Onwong’a