Little-known schools dwarf national giants in 2017 exams

Irene Githinji @gitshee

This year’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination has seen some of the little known schools perform better than education giants that have been in the limelight for years on end.

A case in point is the extra county Sing’ore Girls Secondary School in Elgeyo Marakwet, which clinched the first position with a performance index of 69.98 beating the rest of the schools though it did not have any student in the top 20.

Another one that made it to position 6 was Kisima Mixed Secondary, a private school based in Nyandarua beating other education giants after it scored 67.78 points in the KCSE. Although Pangani Girls produced three top 10 students, and was identified as the most improved school, it was position 10 nationally.

Eleven national schools were among the top 20 nationally while the remaining positions were shared by extra county and private schools. Alliance Girls High School emerged best among national institutions with a performance index of 68.68 followed by The Kenya High School with 68.24 and then Loreto High School, Limuru with 68.13 score.

Moi Girls’ High School Eldoret was the fourth best national school with a score of 67.52, followed by Kapsabet boys with 67.40 while Alliance High School and Pangani Girls’ came sixth and seventh respectively.

The best performing private school was Light Academy, Mombasa with a score of 69.13 and was also the second best nationally. Kisima Mixed Secondary emerged second best among private schools followed by Moi High School, Kabarak that garnered 66 points and then Strathmore School came fourth with 65.93 points.

The best extra county, which was also the best school nationally was Sing’ore Girls followed by Kapenguria Boys’ with 65.95 points then Moi Tea Girls, Kericho with 64.30 and fourth in this category was Precious Blood Riruta with 64.19 points.

Maranda High, a national, made a comeback in this year’s examination and was named among the schools that improved. It was ranked position 21 nationally with a score of 64.23.

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