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Pangani Girls High School student Naomi Kirimi, 19, lived by her index to top this year’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exam with a mean score of 87.01. And yesterday, her elated teachers said the country’s top student, a deputy head girl, had a drive for excellence, adding that she had maintained the stellar performance since she joined the school in Form One.
According the school’s principal Florence Ngarari, Kirimi who aspires to be a civil engineer was the pacesetter for her colleagues. On receiving the good news, Kirimi thanked God for answering her prayers.
“I thank God for answering my prayers,and my chemistry teacher who was my role model “ she said at her home in Meru county. Meanwhile, it was an early Christmas gift for Brian Kamau Maina of Alliance Boys as he learned that he was the third best student and best boy nationally— he scored an A with a mean score of 86.75.
“I’m happy with results. I knew I would get grade A, but I didn’t know I would be the third best in the country,” said a jovial Maina at the school. He said he is keen to pursue biomedical engineering. His father, Gideon Maina, the Vice Chancellor of Pioneer International University and an old boy of Alliance Boys, could not hide his joy as he carried his son shoulder high and lauded his performance. At the neighbouring Alliance Girls, there was jubilation as the school had produced 16 As.
At Lenana School, the fourth best student, Donata Odero, who had an A with a mean score of 86.5, was applauded by his teachers for the excellent work and doing the school proud. The school’s principal William Kemei praised Odero saying he had proved some people wrong by emerging the best student in the school despite not having the best index number.
There was celebration and jubilation at Kerotet village in Uasin Gishu county yesterday home of Sharon Chepchumba, a former student at Moi Girls High School Eldoret, after she was ranked the second top candidate in the country in the just-released KCSE exam results.
Chepchumba who wants to study engineering, said she had worked hard and was sure of doing well in exam but did not expect to emerge the second top in the country.
Pangani School also produced two other girls in the top ten positions Emily Mwatate and Moraa Mong’ina. Mwatate, 17, from Kinarini village in Kwale county was celebrated in her village after emerging position eight nationally.
She scored a mean grade of A plain with an aggregate of 83 points. In Rongo, Migori County Brian Ongiri Onkundi from Kanga National School scored an A with 83 points emerging sixth nationally. And 16-year-old Harriet Muutu Mueke, the fifth best student nationally who scored an A of 85.956 went through Maryhill Girls High School through sponsorship by the KCB Foundation.
“I knew I would perform well but I never imagined I could be among the top ten candidates countrywide,” she told reporters soon after going for the results at her former school. At Kenya High School, Marie Shikuku, who scored an A of 83 points and position 13 nationally attributed her excellent performance to God, hard work and dedication.
Tenth placed nationally from Maranda High School Master Omondi welcomed the results with excitement. Omondi, who owes the school outstanding fees arrears of Sh109,000 aspires to be a cardiologist. “I encountered many challenges while pursuing dducation at Maranda Secondary School, but I thank God that I have finally made it,” he said.