By MOSES NJAGIH
Eastern Province performed dismally in last year’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination, posting only two candidates among the top 100 nationally.
The province’s top candidate, Njagi Mutuma Pius from Ikuu Boys High School in Tharaka Nithi County emerged at position 50 among the country’s best candidates with 12.38.
The only other candidate from the province, Njeru Benard Kimanthi of Moi High School Mbiruri in Embu was placed at position 70 nationally.
Even among the top 100 ranking by gender nationally, only Machakos Boys’ Kimanthi Wycliffe, who had a mean grade of 12.33, managed to add his name among the top boys besides the two.
Only two girls from the province featured in the top 100 gender category, with the best candidate being Kalaa Sherick from Precious Blood Kilungu in Makueni County, who was ranked 94 with a score of 85.49.
The second girl was Nteere Annrita Kawira from Chogoria Girls High School in Tharaka Nithi County who closed the list of the top 100 performers in the female category.
In the province’s county ranking, major academic giants shared out the top best candidate positions.
In Machakos, the top positions were shared between Machakos Boys High School and Machakos Girls, who between them had eight candidates among the top ten.
Lukenya’s Nguri Kennedy at position six and Muthini Kithuka of little known Ndalani Secondary School at position 10 managed to squeeze themselves into the county’s top 10 list. In Kitui, Muthale Girls and St Charles Lwanga Boys took all the top 10 positions.
In Tharaka Nithi County, emerging academic giants Ikuu Boys High School produced four candidates among the top 10, including the top two candidates.
Other schools that managed to post candidates among the top 10 are Chogoria Girls, three, Chuka Boys, two, and Chuka Girls, one.
Meru School dominated the charts in Meru County after producing four candidates, including the best candidate Mwenda Mark Mutuma. Boys from the county took nine positions among the top 10. Only Kaaga Girls’ Nzuve Jane Mutheu made it to the list of the county’s best 10.
Another region’s academic giant Moi High School Mbiruri produced five of Embu County’s best, including the top three. Kyeni Girls and Nguviu Boys each had two candidates while Siakago Boys managed one slot.