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There’s nothing to celebrate about our results

Four of the top best performers in last year’s KCSE schooled in the county and the top scoring girl, Angela Nzisa, was born and bred in the city.

But that is as far as it goes.Overall, the results were dismal. Save for Precious Blood Riruta, Strathmore School, Kenya High and Nairobi School, which registered improved mean grades and were among the country’s top 12, the rest of the city’s schools seem to be on the decline.

Starehe Boys Centre, the county’s pride in years gone by, slipped from position 12 in 2012 to 17 nationally last year. Pangani Girls, another dominant force in the academic field, dropped 20 positions, from 23rd nationally in 2012 to 43rd last year.

None of the two institutions had a student in the list of top ten performers in the county, sad witness to the deteriorating standards.

In fact, Starehe could only manage one student in the top 100 students nationally while Pangani had none. The fact that the biggest county in the country had only 18 schools in the top 100, seven of which are private, is testimony to the falling standards.

Hitherto top performers like Moi Forces Academy, one of the county’s seven national schools, could only come a distant position 85 nationally while academic giants of the yesteryear such as State House Girls, Highway Secondary School, Jamhuri High School Parklands High, Dagoretti High and Aquinas High failed to make it into any list of top performers sums up the county’s sorry state.

Instead, it is little known private schools such as Wamy High School, Light Academy, Makini and Apostolic Carmel Girls Secondary that broke into the various lists of top performers.

As the biggest county with the biggest budget, human resource and facilities in the country, Nairobi cannot afford to lag behind in education. The county government must pull out all the stops to reverse the trend – and one way would be by investing more in education.

There is a serious case for putting up more secondary schools and expanding existing ones to improve the transition rate from primary to secondary schools to ensure the county retains its best performers from standard eight to the secondaries.

Action must also be taken against non-performing teachers and heads if standards are to improve.