KCSE: Is there something wrong with Kenya High and other giant performers?

This was a departure from previous years when the school fraternity would join candidates in song and dance to celebrate grades. Parents who had accompanied their children to the school had to address the media metres away from the school gate.

At Pangani Girls, which has in the past years produced top candidates in the country, the school was deserted with most 2022 KCSE candidates staying away. Attempts to reach the school principal on phone bore no fruit as the school gate remained closed.

A section of Starehe Boys' centre and School. [Edward Kiplimo, Standard]

As other schools celebrate and competition intensifies, it, however, remains to be seen whether the new crop of smaller and little-known schools will sustain the impressive momentum and take over as the giants falter.