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Secondary schools the Top 14 KCPE candidates have been called to join

From left: Mbugua Sharon Wairimu (426 marks), Kimani Ethan Karuga (426 marks) and Diana Rose Matolo (425 marks). [Standard]

All the 14 candidates who scored between 425 KCPE marks and the highest points – 428 – have been called to join national schools.

Alliance High School will absorb the best pupil nationally, Magata Bruce Mackenzie, as well as George Morris Otieno, who scored 425 KCPE marks.

Bruce sat his exam at Gilgil Hills Academy in Nakuru County, whereas George Morris wrote the national test at the Hill School.

The best female candidate, Momanyi Ashley Kerubo, who sat the KCPE exam at Makini School, Kibos and scored 427 KCPE marks, has been placed at the Kenya High School. Kerubo will be joined at the Kenya High School by Wekesa Naomi Neema of White Star Academy, Nairobi (426 marks) and Kwoma Charity Buyanzi of Holy Family Misikhu Girls, Bungoma (426 marks).

The Alliance Girls’ High School will absorb two top performers – Diana Rose Matolo (425 KCPE marks; Fesbeth Academy, Kakamega) and Mbugua Sharon Wairimu (426 KCPE marks; Emmanuel Academy, Nyeri).

Below is the full list of the schools the Top 14 candidates have been called to join:

1. Magata Bruce Mackenzie (428; Gilgil Hills Academy, Nakuru) – Alliance High School

Gilgil Hills Academy, 428 KCPE marks; top student nationally. [Boniface Okendo, Standard]

2. Momanyi Ashley Kerubo (427; Makini School Kibos, Kisumu) – Kenya High School

Makini School, Kibos, 427 KCPE marks; second-best student nationally. [Courtesy, parents]

3. Kwoma Charity Buyanzi (426; Holy Family Misikhu Girls, Bungoma) – Kenya High School

Holy Family Misikhu Girls’ Primary School, 426 KCPE marks. [Mumo Munuve, Standard]

4. Mbugua Sharon Wairimu (426; Emmanuel Academy, Nyeri) – Alliance Girls’ High School

Emmanuel Academy, 426 KCPE marks. [Ndungu Gachane, Standard]

5. Mueti Shantel Ndinda (426; Kitengela International School, Kajiado) – Maryhill Girls’ High School

Kitengela International School, 426 KCPE marks. [Jacqueline Mahugu, Standard]

6. Stanley Otieno Omondi (426; Rophine Field Junior School, Nairobi) – Maseno School

7. Wekesa Naomi Neema (426; White Star Academy, Nairobi) – Kenya High School

8. Kimani Ethan Karuga (426; Stepping Stones Preparatory, Thika in Kiambu) – Murang’a High School

Stepping Stones Preparatory, 426 KCPE marks. [Gitau Wanyoike, Standard]

9. Njeru Joel Musyoka (425; Nyangwa Primary School, Embu) – Meru School

Nyangwa Primary School, 425 KCPE marks.

10. Kiriinya Muriuki Victor (425; PCEA Mwimbi Boarding School, Tharaka Nithi) – Mang’u High School

11. Diana Rose Matolo (425; Fesbeth Academy, Kakamega) – Alliance Girls’ High School

Fesbeth Academy, 425 KCPE marks. [Nathan Ochunge, Standard]

12. Kaberia Emmanuel Munene (425; New Bambini School, Thika in Kiambu) – Mang’u High School

New Bambini Primary School, 425 KCPE marks. [Standard]

13. Emmanuel Kiplagat Ng’etich (425; Moi Primary School Kabarak, Nakuru) – Kapsabet High School

Moi Kabarak, 425 KCPE marks. [Edward Kosut, Standard]

14. George Morris Otieno (425; Hill School) – Alliance High School

The Education ministry, while announcing the placement results on Monday, April 11, said 38,797 pupils have been placed to national schools, 214 960 extra-county schools, 218,456 county schools, 726,311 sub-county schools, 2,045 special needs secondary schools and 9,128 at refugee camp schools.

The Education ministry said 1,209,697 pupils were placed to secondary schools. In the 2021 KCPE exam, 1,214,031 sat the exam. This means that 4,334 wrote the exam, but were not placed to secondary schools despite Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha saying that 100 per cent primary-to-secondary transition was met.

The Standard, however, understands that there’s a category of candidates who can’t be selected to join secondary schools due to certain reasons including confinement in correctional facilities.