After producing top candidates in the 2021 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examination results, which were published at Mtihani House on Monday, Nyanza’s fallen giants restored their lost glory.
After a period of inactivity, the storied schools returned to the top category with the majority of its candidates scoring 420 or higher.
In this year’s test, public schools that thrived in the 1990s and early 2000s but were eclipsed by private schools appeared to have awoken from their slumber, particularly in Kisumu.
The primary schools of Maseno Girls, MM Shah, Xaverian, Victoria, Arina, St Anne’s Ahero, Arya, Migosi, and Joel Omino all had outstanding achievements.
Graca Owori Idah of Maseno Girls received 422 points, Melanie Achieng’ Nduga received 415, and Florence Ivana Okok received 413. The top candidates at Arya and Joel Omino primary schools received 417 points.
Ashley Momanyi Kerubo of Makini School in Kibos, who earned 427, was the country’s second-best candidate. She credited her outstanding success to her hard work and the support of her teachers and parents.
“This has reinforced my desire of pursuing an astronomical career,” she stated as she celebrated her school’s results. “I expected good results, but I had no idea my name would be among the top performers in the country,” she added.
Hekima School, Golden Elites, and Citam are three more private schools that have produced top candidates.
Public schools in Siaya also performed well, with Cyril Odhiambo from Siaya Central Primary School leading the county with 423 marks. Bondo Township, Awelo Primary, and Karapul Primary School all performed admirably.
Ng’iya Boarding’s Angela Rachel received 421 points, while Ashley Sella Odera and Euphemia Emmy received 420 and 416 points, respectively. Both are students of St Trizas Yala Primary School. The majority of candidates at public schools received scores of 300 or higher.
Vincent Kowino, the headteacher at Siaya Central Primary, emphasized that high results required the hard effort of tutors and parents. “I have committed teachers, and the candidates were attentive and disciplined,” he remarked.
Tumaini Academy’s Winnie Achieng’ scored 404 points after taking Zoom classes during the pandemic’s peak.
Oruba, Migori Primary, and St Joseph Alendo Primary all performed well in Migori. Oruba’s Stephen Shayan Shagiya took first place with 419 points, while Migori Primary’s Joy Mito Femar came in second with 418. St Annes Isebania Boarding’s Dickens Mwita received 409 points. All of these are public schools.
Ahmed Abdi Rahman of Migori Primary School received 408 points, and Juma Hockins Onyango of St Joseph Alendo Primary School received 405.
Private schools in Homa Bay
It was a different picture in Homa Bay and Kisii counties, where private schools dominated. St Peter Cape View Academy in Homa Bay Town, Janairo Junior Academy in Rangwe Sub-county, and Echoes of Mercy Christian School in Rachuonyo East all did exceptionally well in the exam.
At St Peter Cape View Academy, the top candidate was Elkana Lemashon, who scored with 422 marks and was followed by Jack Okeyo with 419 and Timothy Africa on 419.
The performance, according to school director Peter Ongoro, was a result of collaboration between teachers, parents, and the board of management.
Jane Albright Achieng Ogallo received 420 points at Sango Academy in Homa Bay Town. There were 121 candidates at Janairo Junior Academy who had a mean score of 384, with 33 receiving 400 or higher.
Esther Lynn Odhiambo received 419 votes, followed by James Ochieng’ Okoth, who received 418 votes. Charlot Odongo Awuor received a score of 415, Tracy Randiga Atieno had a score of 414, and Vallary Onyango Adhiambo received a score of 413.
Ms Philip Aduda, the headteacher, credited the excellent performance to teamwork, discipline, and collaboration between parents and staff.
Clinton Jordan received 420 marks at Mbita Point International School, while Ryan Cedric Odhiambo Ombija received 410 and Willis Odhiambo received 402 at Gendia Primary School in Rachuonyo North. Ms Patrck Were, the headteacher, said 49 candidates received scores ranging from 300 to 399.
Eronge Adventist Boarding Primary in Borabu Sub-county, Nyamira, continued to excel. It had 29 candidates with a grade of 400 or more, with Samwel Oino Calvin, the top student, achieving 419. Felix Nyakamba Bikundo came in second with 416 points.
Excel Elementary School in Kisii produced the county’s top candidate, David Mairura Emmanuel, who had a score of 422. “Today’s performance was a gift from God,” he remarked.
The average score at Green Hill Academy was 398.8, with 24 students earning 400 or higher. With 15 candidates scoring 400 or higher, Imperial Primary achieved a mean score of 387.07.