The Ministry of Education released the 2017 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) results on Wednesday (20/12/2017).
Naomi Karimi Kawira from Pangani Girls High School emerged top student with an A of 87.011. Sharon Chepchumba from Moi Girls High School in Eldoret came in second with a mean score of 86.83.
Kamau Brian Maina from Alliance High School made it to third position with a mean score of 86.75.
Releasing the results, Education Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i lauded schools that showed great improvement despite challenges during the electioneering period.
“Overall, Pangani Girls is the most improved school in performance this year. What is most impressive is that we have County and Extra County Schools, which have performed well. This shows that when we are very honest in the things we do, we perform well,” Dr Matiang’i said.
Kawira attributed her success to God, hard work and support from parents and teachers.
“I am just so happy and I cannot believe it but all glory goes to the Lord. I just got a text from somewhere else that I am the best girl in the country. I trusted in God, my parents pushed me on, they were my constant encouragement and the teachers were so supportive. I loved all subjects but I was inclined more to Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry,” said an elated Kawira.
“The teachers were so dedicated and they gave us discussion groups where we encouraged each other. Team work was key. Pangani is a good school and my fellow students there should grab every opportunity they have. Their dreams are valid,” she added.
Other top students in the country included Odero Donatta from Lenana School (86.56), Harriet Mueke from Mary Hills High School (85.95), Brian Ongiri Okundi from Kanga High School (85.94), Moraa Mong’ina from Pangani Girls High School (85.91), Mwathathe Emily from Pangani Girls High School (85.88), Wahome Cherry Wanjiku from Moi Girls High School in Eldoret among others.
Results, however, from 10 secondary schools were withheld over exam irregularities with a detailed report expected on January 18, 2018.