Clearing syllabus early is key, say Rift Valley KCSE stars

Top performers in Rift Valley have attributed their success to discipline, hard work and endurance.

Felix Oduor, who scored A of 83 points to emerge the second best at Patricks High School, Iten could not hide his joy.

“This is the happiest moment in my life and my dream to study medicine and surgery at the university will soon be fulfilled,” he said.

Felix who was on a scholarship programme, said he expected to perform well because he managed his time well, consulted teachers and remained faithful to God.

Felix Biwott from the same school who posted A of 82 points, admitted that passing the exam was no mean feat. “Being the students’ representative meant juggling studies and my leadership role at the school. I am thankful for the positive results,” he said.

Felix attributed his success to hard work, dedication to studies, help from the teachers and time management. “I will study engineering and will also apply the formula I used here to ensure I perform as expected,” he said.

Former Singore Girls student, Sharon Kipsiro, who scored A of 83 points at Singore girls, said hard work paid off.

“My hard work and sacrifice has paid off with the inspiring results and I am thankful to the school and my fellow candidates,” she said.

Sharon who wants to study medicine urged students to sacrifice in their studies to succeed.

Sherlyn Yego, who was top at Moi Kabarak High School, with A of 84 points, says the results came as a big surprise to her.

The 18-year-old, who wants to be a neurosurgeon attributed the good performance to hard work, determination, prayers and obedience.

“I cannot believe the results but this has proved that when one works hard, the rewards are pleasant,” she said at her Eldoret home.

For her father, Wilson Yego, who is the principal of St Patricks High School Iten it was double joy after the school was ranked the best in Elgeyo Marakwet County.

Edwin Mwiberi of Utumishi Academy in Gilgil sub-county was elated after he scored A of 84 points.

Edwin, 18, said he skipped meals to create extra time for revision and read ahead of the teacher. He wants to pursue Civil Engineering at University of Nairobi.

“I hope to get a place at the University of Nairobi to do an engineering course,” he said.

Bethwel Kiplimo of Emining Boys in Baringo attributes his good performance to self-drive, encouragement by teachers and students.

Kiplimo,18, who got A of 84 points, said he was out of school most of the time because his mother who is a single parent had financial challenges.

He depended on bursaries and well-wishers to pay school fees. Kiplimo said he woke up at 2am to study and catch up on lessons he
had missed.

“Missing a lesson was a painful experience. However I was never discouraged. I was always up as early as 2am and there are times teachers could send me out of class for staying up late,” said Kiplimo.

He wants to join Harvard University in the USA and study aeronautical engineering.

Teddy Flavian from Menengai High School in Nakuru shed tears of joy as he narrated challenges that encouraged him to perform well in academics.

Flavian, said he always woke up as early as 3am to begin his journey to school located approximately four kilometers away from his home in Kivumbini estate.

He said his single mother could not afford to raise all the fees and he was sent home all the time.

Fortunately, a group of farmers volunteered to pay his school fees. Flavian hopes to pursue law at the University of Nairobi and later join politics.

Eugene Odongo Were who garnered 84 points from Sacho High School in Baringo County could not hide his joy after receiving his results.

Odongo attributed the good performance to hard work, determination, self-drive and his parents who encouraged him to perform well.

“Determination was key to my performance. I was never discouraged whenever I failed in any subject,” said Odongo.

Eric Ochieng of Moi High School Kabarak on his part thanked teachers at the for completing the syllabus on time as he had more tome to revise. He wants to study architecture.

Brian Kibet Maiyo from Sacho High School scored 83 points. He attributed his good performance to hard work and teachers who completed the syllabus on time.

He wants to pursue civil and structural engineering at JKUAT.

Standard - Saturday, 5th March 2016

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