KCSE Results - New Schools Join Top 10

FOUR schools have entered top ten KCSE list as they pushed out fast rising schools like Maranda High School. Results announced yesterday by Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi saw Alliance Boys bounce back to the top in 2013 after swapping positions with Moi High School Kabarak which was number one in 2012.


The last time Alliance was number one was in 2010. Precious Blood Riruta also showed improved performance, managing position three up from number 10 in 2012.

The new entrants to the top 10 this year were Kapsabet Boys at position four, Molo Academy (six), Chavakali (eight) and Mary Hill Girls (nine). Chavakali's Benson Motanya was position six in the top 10.

Maseno High School which was position 14 in 2012 with 13 candidates in the top 100 jumped to number five in 2013. Norah Chelagat Borus of Precious Blood became the second girl in the top 10 after Angela Kivuva from Moi High School Kabarak and Brendah Biwott of Kenya High who were number nine.

Tom King'ori Wanderi from Alliance grabbed the top overall candidate position followed by Maranda's Shem Obiero and Fidel Gwala at number eight although Maranda failed to appear even in the top 100 schools.

Maranda's goose could have been cooked with exam irregularities detected in Computer Studies, this is according to the Kenya National Examination Council. 23 candidates were said to be involved in cheating.

“Any Schools that had more than five irregularities could not be ranked,” a Knec official said in the face of increased cheating incidents this year which stood at 3,353 nationwide.

In 2012, there were 1,700 cancelled results out of the total 2,927 cheating cases. Maranda was top in 2011 with two candidates -Sydney Oirere and Tyson Manyala- in position five and nine.

The streak of good performance from Maranda started in 2010 when it posted one candidate in position three in the top 10. Giants like Starehe Boys Centre dropped to position 17 compared to position eight in 2012, while Alliance Girls also dropped to 25 from position six previously.

Mang'u, Lenana, Moi Girls Eldoret, Bahati Girls, Friends School Kamusinga, Starehe Girls, Pangani and Precious Blood Kilungu are some of the giants public schools that have disappeared from top ranking.

Private schools were led by Moi High School Kabarak, Strathmore followed new entrants Anesta Boys in Nakuru and Pioneer in Murang'a. On academic performance, Kaimenyi said, 2013 remained relatively at the same level with 27.46 percent obtaining the minimum university entry of C+ compared to 28.36 percent in 2012. Candidates with C+ and above were 123,365.

“The general elections and teachers' strike could have been the cause for the drop, although these are circumstances beyond our control,” Kaimenyi said.

Candidates with an overall mean grade of A increased, however, from 1,975 to 2013's 2,722. The Ministry of Education asked candidates with grades below C+ to look for opportunities in middle level colleges and TVET institutions.

Fourteen subjects recorded improvements in candidates performance out of the 31 subjects. These were Kiswahili, Biology, Physics, CRE, Business Studies and History & Government.

But Maths, English, Chemistry, Geography and Agriculture posted a decline in performance something which Kaimenyi ordered investigation to the subjects especially English which he said could be due the proliferation of 'sheng.'
- The Star

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