The government's decision to allocate most of the 2022 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) courses of their choice has made their dreams come true.
The students who qualified for the university under government sponsorship by scoring As are all smiles, even as their colleagues prepare to adjust to the courses they did not select.
Kuol Garang, who scored A (82) points from Baringo High School, is among the students whose choices were honoured by the government, a move he said will see him build on a career closer to his heart.
He had indicated when the results were released in January that he wanted to pursue mechanical engineering at the University of Nairobi.
“I am excited that I have been called to study mechanical engineering. I wish to be remembered as a designer and innovator, and with this chance, my dreams will come true,” he said.
In Kakamega County, St Peter’s Mumias Boys’ principal Chrispinus Keke Owino said he was happy to have his top creme students allocated courses highly sought after in the job market.
“Most of them had desired to pursue medical courses and law, and that is what they achieved,” said Mr Owino.
The top candidate in the school, Kenan Ngeri Njoroge, scored an A ( 84 points) and has been admitted to Egerton University to pursue a BSc course in Medicine and Surgery.
Wafula Tyson Wanami, who scored A- (77 points), will study a BSc course in Software Engineering at the Multimedia University. Ouma Emmanuel Otieno who got a similar grade, will pursue a Bachelor of Economics and Statistics at the University of Nairobi (UoN).
Deogracius Opuka who got an A- (76 points) will pursue a BSc course in Nursing at Mount Kenya University, while Francis Oguta Nyamweya, who obtained A- (75 points), will pursue BSc in Medical Laboratory Science at Meru University.
Others from the Mumias West constituency-based school are Musungu Edwin Samora, who got A- (75points) and will now pursue a BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science at JKUAT, Eugene Samita A- (74points), who will take BSc in Medical Laboratory Science at Murang'a University and Avutaga Ogembo Schnell who scored A- (74 points) and has been allocated a BSc course in Medicine and Surgery at Methodist University.
Mbugua Brian Kiptanui from the same school will be taking a BSc in Clinical Medicine and Community Health at Kirinyaga University after scoring an A- of 74 points.
In Bungoma, Cynthia Selesty Ouma of Lugulu Girls, who scored a straight A, has been admitted to Moi University to pursue a BSc in Medicine and Surgery alongside Hanaan Abdirashid, who also got a straight A.
Others allocated medical courses from Lugulu include Mtoto Iket Linah (A-), who will be studying Medicine and surgery at Methodist University, Hanna Nandako Simiyu (A-) going for Veterinary Medicine at the UoN and Winfrida Daniel (A-), who will join Warsaw University in Poland for a Medicine and Surgery course.
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At Kakamega High School, Okello Mershark Omondi, who scored an A plain, has been admitted to JKUAT to study Computer Science together with Markbright Jakait, who got an A being allocated Mechanical Engineering at the same university.
Litoroh Caleb Wanjala (A) will pursue Architecture at UoN as Frankline Ochieng (A) and Osieko Namuchete (A) will take Medicine at Kenyatta University and Kisii University respectively. Ong’ayo Abdul (A) will take Civil Engineering at the Technical University of Kenya.
At the Coast, Khamis Ali Mwinyio from Kwale Boys High School, who scored an A (minus) was placed in BSC Information Technology at Kibabii University.
Abdhall Mwinyi, who also sat for the exams at Kwale Boys High School was placed in BSC Optometry and Vision Science at Masinde Muliro University, and John Ngodi to BSC Electrical and Electronics Engineering at the University of Nairobi.
At Light Academy, Mombasa, Owino Adega Odum, who scored an A-minus, was placed in Bachelor of Engineering, Civil and Structural Engineering at Moi University.
In Nakuru, Kibet Kiptoo Enock, who managed A- from Kabarnet Boys, was allocated a Bachelor of Science (Optometry and Vision Science) course at Masinde Muliro University and Technology.
Kimathi Reggan Miyawa, who also got an A- at the same school, will pursue a Bachelor of Science ( in Nursing and Public Health at Pwani University).
Ezra Cheruiyot, who bagged a straight A, will pursue a Bachelor of Surgery course at Moi University.
At Sheikh Khalifa Mombasa, Umma-Kulthum Abdalla and Mohamed Hamdaan Abdulrahim were placed in a Bachelor of Medicine and B.SC Nursing at the University of Nairobi.
In 2018, Kulthum, who did her Kenya Certificate of Primary Education, scored 419 points out of 500 marks from the Aga Khan Primary School.
Laila Zeinab Juma and Amina Kasummuni Idd were admitted to Kenyatta University to do degrees in Pharmacy and Architecture.
Abdulkarim Hassan Mohamed was selected to join Kenyatta University for B. Sc Computer Science, Emad Faris Said B.SC Dental Surgery at Moi University, and Imran Yusuf Mahmoud B.SC Computer Science at Jomo Kenyatta University.
At Light Academy in Nairobi, Chiteri Charles Ngesa was allocated a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Nairobi.
His classmate, Kimani Ryan Ngigi, a Bachelor of Engineering, Chemical and Process Engineering at Moi University
Others are Wanambisi Tyrese and Merabu Adan Osinga, who will pursue a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Nairobi.
George Mark Okumu and Mugweru Lee Mwangi will also study Bachelor of Science in Computer at the University of Nairobi and Otachi Joshua Jeremy Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the same university.
Galgallo Roba Waqo will do a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Public Health at Kenyatta University, and Hamza Abdirizack Ali Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at Moi University.
Report by Mary Imenza, Julius Chepkwony, and Benard Sanga