Private schools performed better in this year's Kenya Certificate Primary Education (KCPE) exam, according to an analysis by The Standard.
Most of the private institutions posted higher mean scores compared to their public counterparts.
During the release of the KCPE results on Wednesday, Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu did not rank schools and candidates.
The lack of ranking took away the colour that often characterises release of national examinations as top performers celebrate the fruits of their hard work.
The Standard compiled a list of schools with high mean scores, giving a glimpse into some of the country's top performing schools.
The analysis shows most public schools posted lower marks in the just released national examinations.
By the time of going to press last evening, Fesbeth Primary School in Kakamega County was leading with a mean score of 412.
Depaul Austin Academy in Kiambu County posted a mean score of 410.1, while Fred's Academy in Meru had 407. In Nandi, AIC Kaptich Primary put up a good performance too with an average score of 401.
Nakuru County had Gilgil Hill Academy with a mean score of 398.6.
In last year's KCPE exam, the school produced the best candidate nationally, Magata Bruce Mackenzie who scored 428 marks.
This year, Lewis Otieno Omondi from St. Peters Mumias Boys Primary School in Kakamega County and Fwaro Makokha Robinson of Christ the King Primary School in Bungoma scored 431 to emerge top nationally.
According to data collated by The Standard last evening, St Joseph The Worker Hema Schools, in Trans Nzoia posted a mean score of 398.1. The school with 72 candidates had 19 students with over 400 marks. St. Gabriel Primary School, in Mwingi, Kitui County had a score of 397.4.
St Gloria Academy of Siaya County posted a mean score of 396.48. Mogotio Litttle Friends Academy in Baringo posted a mean score of 393.01
In Narok County, Narok County Academy posted a mean of 393.63, while ACK Kilgoris Faith Academy had 394.
In Bomet County, Chelsa Academy learners had a mean of 392 marks, Ndanai Township Academy (395) and Tenwek Boarding Primary School 386.44.
St Luke's Biribiriet school had a score of 397, while in Muranga County Emmanuel Primary School posted 395.75. Bishop Alexander Muge memorial Primary school had a score of 393 while Kapsabet Highlands School, a private school, had 391.
Other schools that posted high scores are Green Angels, Githurai with a mean score of 385.
St. Josephine Bakhita Primary, Zombe scored 384.7 while Sukari Presbyterian Academy, Kiambu scored 383.4.
In Nairobi, Rockfields Junior School posted a mean score of 382 and Moi Educational Centre 376.09.
St Mary's Ruaraka had 28 candidates who posted a mean score of 376.
In Nyanza, the results gave rise to new academic giants as several schools registered exemplary results.
Although the list of top performers was dominated by private schools, a number of public schools also registered commendable results.
St Gloria Academy Nyamonye in Siaya and Imperial primary school in Kisii were among some of the top performers. The two schools scored mean scores of 396.48 and 395.76 respectively.
In Migori, academic giant Momokoro Academy that has topped the county in the past few years was once again the toast of the region after attaining a mean score of 395.1.
The school produced 23 pupils with over 400 marks, including a pupil who emerged joint second nationally, with 429 marks.
St. Benedict's Parochial, another top performer, got a mean score of 390.3 while Rongo Success Academy had a mean score of 383.46.
Xaverian Primary School in Kisumu had a mean score of 336.9.
Moi Primary School-Kabarak posted a mean score of 382 marks, with its top candidate Jesere Toigat, scoring 425 marks. The school had 254 candidates. Of these, 79 scored over 400 marks.
The school head teacher Nelson Kiptoo said the school achieved its expectations given the tight calendar they were operating on.
Sun and Shield School in Nakuru posted a mean score of 380, with teachers attributing the success to sacrifice and teamwork to beat the timelines and emerge among the top in the region.
The top candidate in the school, Shanna Jelagat scored 423 marks while Lynne Mugure scored 421 marks and Lewis Lenana scored 417 marks.
According to the school headteacher Ms Brigid Kandie Shivachi, 18 candidates scored over 400 marks. Kagaki School posted a mean of 367.
Mogotio Litttle Friends Academy in Baringo, posted a mean score of 393.01.
Lord Egerton Academy attained a mean score of 365.
Eight of the total 67 pupils at the school scored above 400, with the top scoring 413 marks.At Kapindasum Primary in Baringo South, the pupils achieved a mean score of 325.46 compared to last year's 317.03.
Unlike most parts of the country where private schools ruled, public schools in Nandi County posted impressive performance, with AIC Kaptich, St Luke's Biribiriet and Bishop Alexander Muge memorial Primary school emerging among top performers.
Cheribis Integrated Primary School, a public school, which hosts learners with disabilities also posted good performance with a mean score of 387, St Marks preparatory (368) and Kapsabet Boys primary (357)
St Anne's Academy Kiminini with 61 candidates attained a mean score of 383.1 while Hilltop Preparatory school posted a mean score of 380.
In Uasin Gishu County, Kipkeino School emerged top with a mean score of 381.76 .
Little Lambs Academy had a mean score 380.18 to cap another year with impressive performance in the national examinations.
Others which posted impressive performance are Ancilla Catholic Academy (377.1), Queen of Angels (377.61), Gethsemane Christian (376), Eldorock Academy (373) Hillside School (371) and Greenvale School (370).
In Mt. Kenya region, Fred's Academy in Meru County had one of the highest scores, 407.70. Kathingiri Mixed Public Boarding school scored a 383.44 mean grade with 37 out of its 108 students scoring above 400.
Other public schools such as Technology Primary had a mean of 342.88 from their 128 candidates.
Kibutha Day and Boarding got a mean of 330.26 while Vidhu Ramji Primary registered an mean of 318, with 190 candidates.
In Kirinyaga, Kerugoya Municipality had 362 marks with the best pupil Mwaniki Mumo scoring 424 marks.
In Western, Kakamega Primary School which had 534 pupils sit the exams managed a mean of 335.
[Report by Mike Kihaki, Clinton Ambujo, Anne Atieno, Eric Abuga, Julius Chepkwony, Faith Kutere, Osinde Obare, Lydia Nyawira and Robert Amalemba]