Bottom ten schools in KCPE exams named

Murang'a, Kenya: Ten worst performing primary schools in Murang'a have been directed to come up with strategies to improve their results in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exams.

Those listed as poor performers are Kariara, Kakuzi, Thunguru, Gakoigo, Gatia Makuyu, Kyaume, Kirimiri, Gathuthu and Ihumbu primary schools.

In a report by local county education office, Kariara Primary School in Gatanga sub-county is listed as the worst performing institution after it posted a mean score of 151.

St Paul Thomas, St Veronica and Benendito Highway – all private schools – were leading institutions while Technology and Vidhu emerged the best public schools.

In the analysis seen by The Standard, Kandara sub-county has been ranked as the most improved as it posted a mean score of 245.81, up from from 234.83 the previous year.

Yesterday, County Director of Education Lawrence Kirimi said a consultative meeting will be held today at Technology Primary School to discuss how to improve standards.

Mr Kirimi said head teachers of the poor performing schools have been invited to the meeting. "We will have a brainstorming meeting to help address the challenges that could have caused poor results," said Kirimi.

Wangai Primary School was ranked as the most improved after it posted a mean of 227.60, up from 160.18 the previous year. Murang'a County registered an improvement in last year's KCPE performance by posting a mean score of 247.68.

The number of candidates with 400 marks and over increased to 137, up from 124 the previous year.

Murang'a Executive for Education and Technical Training Reuben Nyagia said the good results were realised following some interventions.

"The county government has a budget to support education programmes such as standardised examination and convening stakeholders forums among other interventions," said Nyagia.

In the analysis, Kigumo sub-county took the lead by posting a mean of 258.40 in Murang'a despite reflecting a decline from the previous of 258.98.

Murang'a South, Gatanga, Kangema, Kahuro and Kigumo posted a decline in performance. - The Standard - Monday 11th January, 2016.

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