Top girl wants to join Kenya High then study chemical engineering at university

Jacinta Bethany Khasungu, who bagged 427 marks. 

The second-best student in the 2023 KCPE exam nationally has said she wants to practice as a chemical engineer in the future. 

In an interview with The Standard at the St Anne’s Girls Primary School, Mumias, Jacinta Bethany Khasungu, who bagged 427 marks, said the score was an indicator of her seriousness to pursue her dream engineering course after high school.

She wants to set her dreams rolling by joining Kenya High next year where she believes she will attain the required cut-off mark to join the University of Nairobi. 

“My father, James Luchiri, taught me the ropes of attaining whatever I want in life. He has been a great inspiration in shaping my life choices and even my education. I see him set and attain targets and feel that now that I attained this of being a top candidate in the national examination, I will equally attain that of becoming a chemical engineer,” she says.

On Thursday, the fourth born in a family of five was doing house chores as usual when her elder brother waved an SMS text to her face, proclaiming “Eureka sister, you made it!” 

“Well, I was happy but not extremely happy even as I am the first in our family to appear in the news for an exemplary examination performance,” she says. 

“My teachers have taught me resilience and consistency, that’s what I am looking at.” 

Kakamega Governor Fernandes Barasa, who joined teachers and parents at the school, said he would educate the child through her secondary education under the county scholarship programme. 

Other students at St Anne’s Girls Primary who scored highly are Kayla Nyaboke who managed 424 marks and wants to join Alliance Girls and become a neurosurgeon.  

Ouma Eve Shante, on the other hand, bagged 412 marks as Alice Ladisha scored 403 marks. Both dream of joining Alliance Girls.

[Robert Amalemba, Nathan Ochunge and Mary Imenza]