A number of public primary schools produced some of the best performers in the 2020 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) Examinations in Murang’a County.
In the results which were announced on Thursday by Education Cabinet Secretary (CS) Professor George Magoha, Vidhu Primary School in Murang’a town produced 24 students who scored more than 400 marks.
The School which had 176 candidates exhibited great improvement as compared to KCPE results of 2019.
The top student is Thuo Royvictor Tanu who scored 420 marks followed by Dedan Kariuki Maina who got 418 marks.
Murang’a East Education Officer Mr Richard Ng’ang’a said in his area majority of the schools, especially public, exhibited great improvements.
He said most students from public institutions were comparatively disadvantaged from those from private schools as during Covid-19 closure period, the learners were not engaged in online learning.
“This year we have some schools which for a long time have been posting poor results and have produced students who scored more than 400 marks. Some of the schools include Githaga Primary School in Gaturi Ward which produced a candidate who scored 403 marks,” said Ng’ang’a.
Other public schools which performed well included Murang’a Technology Primary School which had seven students with more than 400 marks.
The first student in the school, Kelvin Njoroge, scored 414 marks with the school’s Head Teacher, Beatrice Wachira, saying the candidates performed better than 2019.
“We appreciate our candidates for better performance. Our learners endured the hardship posed by Covid-19 to post better results in the last national examination. My appeal to parents whose children did not perform well is to support them as they can pick up once they join secondary schools,” She added.
Apart from the public schools, a number of private institutions posted better performance.
Emmanuel School in Kangari which is run by the Catholic Church, is believed to top the County in this year’s KCPE after posting a mean score of 390 marks.
The first student in the County, Stacy Njoki, who scored 421 marks came from the institution which is in Kigumo Sub-county. Thirteen students from Emmanuel school scored more than 400 marks and the lowest candidate got 360 marks.
Edinburgh School which did its first KCPE this time, managed to get a mean score of 378.4 marks with total candidates of 20.
The school administration said they utilized online learning when the schools were closed due to covid-19 pandemic to teach the candidates.
The School’s Head Teacher said being the first time to sit for KCPE, the learners’ performance exhibited a bright future for the private institution located at the outskirts of Murang’a town.
By Bernard Munyao