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KCSE: Alliance boys top as girls close gap

Updated Tue, March 1st 2011 at 00:00 GMT +3

By Dorothy Otieno and Michael Oriedo

For the second year running Alliance High School

topped the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) with performance index of 11.26, which falls under grade A- category.

The national school wiped out competitors taking

29 of 100 top candidates nationally. The school presented 214 candidates for the exams. It improved

its mean score by 0.31 from last year’s 10.94. In the top 100 candidates nationally, there were 22 girls and the rest were boys.

Wandui Albert Kamau from Moi High School Kabarak topped the country in last year’s Form Four examinations

Mwangasha Katini Lydia from Kenya High School emerged Kenya's best girl and fifth on national roll

In the 2010 results, Kenya National Examination Council reintroduced ranking of schools, which had been removed ostensibly because it encourages head teachers to employ unorthodox means like letting weak students to repeat classes just to remain at the top.

Alliance High, a boys’ school, was followed by neighbouring Precious Blood Riruta, Bahati Girls (Nakuru), Maranda High School in Siaya, Alliance Girls High School, Moi High School Kabarak, and Moi Girls School Eldoret.

But the best boy nationally, Master Albert Kamau Wandui, came from Rift Valley’s Moi High School Kabarak, a private school. The country’s best girl was Mwangasha Katini Lydia from Kenya High School, who was ranked fifth nationally, with performance index of 87.04229. Wandui had a performance index of 87.10 marks, which, however, was slightly lower than last year’s top score of 87.26 marks by David Ndung’u of Mangu High.

Private schools

In the top 100 schools nationally, there were 16 national schools, 53 provincials, 28 private, and three district schools. There were 14 candidates nationally from private schools, with the bulk coming from public schools.

Wandui had just sat down in their living room to listen to Ongeri announce the list of top performers when he heard the minister read out his name. He screamed, jumped from his seat and punched the air with his fist in jubilation.

"I was so surprised to be the top candidate. I do not even know who came second because I was excited," he said.

The son of a single-mother said he is humbled by the results. His mother, Jane Kamau, an information technology specialist, had no doubt his son would do well. "I had faith in God that he would pass. He has always been a good performer and he scored 421 marks in KCPE," she said.

Wandui declared he wants to be an engineer.

This year, girl schools pulled up their socks, taking up six of the top ten positions nationally. "I expected to perform well but emerging position one in the girl’s category is a surprise to me," said Mwangasha. Her mother, Grace Mwangasha is a teacher at Murray Girls High School in Mwatate District, where The Standard caught up with her celebrating her victory with relatives and friends.

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