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Monday, 3 February 2014

KCPE 2013: Mixed fortunes

KCPE: Its Joy, Suspense and Gloom
for Makueni, Machakos and Kitui

By Anchor Reporters

GLOOM hangs over Kitui’s KCPE performance as Makueni posted impressive results compared to Machakos. The results show Makueni County  is still stumping its authority in KCPE performance in the country and Lower Eastern while Private schools dominate the  show in Machakos.

In Machakos, over 200 students are expected to join national secondary schools, according to the County Quality Assurance head Hellen Muriuki.  Only slightly over 249 students got 400 marks and above while 1819 students’ garnered 350 -399 marks.
4,976 students scored between 300 and 349.  Sadly, over 8,626 students scored between 250 to 299 marks and this performance shows where education is headed in Machakos.
30,398 candidates sat for the exam in the County. In 2012 the County had a mean score of 252 while in 2013 the County had 251 a drop of one point hich indicates a decline in performance, however small is may seem.
Muriuki said only seven cases of cheating were reported in the County. The schools are from Matungulu and Yatta districts where it is thought that success can be brought by dishonesty and not hard work.
The best schools in the County were Hill Side Academy with a mean score of 392 followed by Lukenya Academy with a mean score of 380. AIC Mutheini got a means score of 380 while Star Sheik Academy garnered a mean score of 379.
Our Lady Queen of Peace was position five with a mean score of 374. Leaders Academy followed with a mean score of 365.
Muriuki said Athiriver district under DEO Thomas Omwange led with a mean score of 293 followed by Mwala district with 267. Matungulu (253), Kangundo (251), Yatta (249), Masinga (245), Kathiani (244) and Machakos district held the tail firmly, posting a mean score of 240.
During the 2012 KCPE results, Athiriver district was ranked position two nationally with a mean score of 291.2and number one in Machakos County. Lukenya Academy was position one the district and the best in the County with a mean score of 374. In 2011 the school topped with a mean score of 364.
Last year, Kevin Muteti Mwangangi 13, of The Ken Joy Academy in Athiriver, the best student in Machakos County and position four nationally with 429 marks in KCPE aspires to be a doctor after completing his studies.
Makueni County produced the second best candidate in the just released standard eight examinations results.
Makueni Governor Prof. Kivutha Kibwana and Senator Mutula Kilonzo Junior congratulated the candidates over the performance, saluting teachers, parents and other education stakeholders for their good work.
 Vitale boarding primary school where second placed Felix Robert Boera did the county proud by scoring 442 marks, the mood was unmistakably positive as the 13 year old orphan was driven to the school by his guardian and Uncle Evans Mucheru to a celebration dance led by an elated head teacher David Muthike.
Describing Master Felix as a humble, quite and hard working pupil, Muthika added: “The boy really knew what he was doing at the school”.
The county’s top five schools were all private schools. Premese Academy was top with Emmanuel Springs Academy finishing second, Mumbe Junior Academy third, Christopher Kiamba was fourth and Smart Future was fifth.
Last year Mumbe Junior Academy was position one while Premese was second followed by Kari Mwailu in third.
For the second time, teachers, pupils and parents of Mumbe Junior Academy in Makindu district, broke into celebrations vowing to do better in future.
The school administration disclosed that the spirit of competition is within the children and remained optimistic promising that the school will continue to strive for excellence.
Master Makosi Mutua of Premise academy in Wote town was among the top pupils at the institution after scoring 420 marks to book a place in a top school.

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