Nairobi County’s Riara Road Primary School and Kakamega’s private academy- Kakamega Hill School- have produced this year’s two best performers in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination.
Olive Mwea(Riara) and Rawlings Odhiambo(Kakamega Hill School) emerged the joint top pupils scoring 453 marks out of a possible 500.
Coincidentally, both candidates scored 99% in Mathematics, 92% in English, 97% in Kiswahili, 81% in Science and 84% in Social Studies.
At Riara Group of Schools on Monday, parents, pupils, and teachers broke into song and cheer shortly after the results were released by Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed.
Mwea, in particular, could not contain her excitement as she said she did not expect to score 453.
“I didn’t expect to score 453 marks, I expected to score 433, when I got the results this afternoon it was unbelievable. I could not believe it until my teacher confirmed it. I was really excited, ” said Mwea.
Riara school principal Naomi Mbugua was delighted to produce the institution’s first top KCPE candidate in its long history.
“I’m so delighted that we have the first child, this is our first time, having done KCPE for the last 28 years, ” she said.
Ms Mbugua described Mwea as a diligent and hardworking girl full of humility. “She is a very diligent girl very strong in languages, math and all subjects, her humility is amazing.”
Mwea’s equally elated mother added, “She worked hard, I’m really grateful she got what she deserved, she was self-motivated. She seemed to have enjoyed her studying.”
The 13-year-old Olive Mwea further revealed that she plans to study pharmacy after her secondary school education.