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Top Nairobi KCPE candidate to join Starehe Boys

Nairobi’s best achiever in last year’s primary school national examination is heading to the prestigious Starehe Boys’ Centre.

Jonathan Koskey from St Mary’s Ruaraka, who scored 442 marks in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) to become the second best in the entire country, leads an impressive 1,164 of the capital’s best performers in joining national schools.

They  are expected in their respective schools early February.

Of the 1,164 candidates, Maureen Nyambura of Gitiba Primary School is ranked lowest with 324 marks.

She will join NEP Girls High School, which was recently elevated to national school status.

Embakasi district took the highest number of students to national schools and was fourth nationally in terms of numbers admitted the 78 national schools.  The district took 299 students to different national schools in the country.

Timothy Kiundu of New Light Komarock and Elizabeth Atieno of Tender Care Academy, who both scored 440 marks will be admitted in Alliance Boys and Alliance Girls high schools respectively.

Sharon Maina of Mwangaza Academy, who scored 345 marks, completed the list after she got an admission letter from Matuga Girls’ High School.

Kasarani district came second after 221 of its candidates received admission letters.

Makadara was third with 135 pupils, while Langata came in fourth with 121. Westlands was fifth with 117, Kamukunji sixth with 111 and Dagoreti was seventh with 106 students.

Starehe district will be sending the fewest candidates to national schools with 54 waiting to join national schools. It was the only region that took less than 100 students to national schools.

It was a neck-to-neck competition for slots between public and private schools with the academies dominating in Kasarani while public schools carried the day in Embakasi.

Old traditional national schools in Nairobi took the crème de la crème of students who sat for the examinations.

It was a big score for Starehe Boys’ Centre, Starehe Girls’ Centre, Kenya High, Lenana School, Nairobi School and Pangani and experts project that the schools will still dominate in the KCSE results despite the presence of other national schools.

It was also joy for Ismahan Abdirashid Abdikadir of Anole Primary School in Eldas who scored 292 marks after she was picked to join Kenya High School.