Secondary schools in Murang’a which used to shine at the national level in exams, had their lights dimmed in the 2017 KSCE exam results. Murang’a High School, which previously featured among the top 10 national schools was ranked position 35, while Njiiris came in at number 50. Only the two schools from the county appeared in the top 100 list.
Mugoiri Girls’, which is a national school, also did not make it to the top 100 list as was the norm in the previous years. Ochieng Ian Duncan from Njiiris, who had an A of 82 points, and Ithagu Stanley Kinya Murang’a High are the only two candidates who managed to score straight As in the county.
Murang’a High and Pioneer Boys in Maragua, which is a private school, had three candidates with A- while Mugoiri Girls, Kiaguthu and Njiiris had one A- grade each. Kahuhia Girls, an extra county school, had its first candidate score B+ a similar case with Pioneer Girl Secondary School.
Unlike in previous years, where the schools used to hold numerous celebrations, there were little of such activities when the results were released. The number of students who sat the KCSE exam in 2017 was 611,952, representing a 6.59 per cent increase from the 574,125 who sat the exam in 2016.
Notably, in 15 counties, the number of female candidates was higher than males, denoting that the girl-child is no longer disadvantaged in the quest for quality education as was the case before, more often, because of cultural norms that valued boys over girls.