Top girl in Mandera says terror attacks affected KCSE performance

17 teachers did not return to her school after the terror attacks citing security concerns.

Thursday March 3 2016

Ms Fawsia Haji Haydai at their home in Mandera town. Despite being the top girl in the 2015 KCSE exam in Mandera County with a B minus, Ms Haydai says she is not happy with the results. PHOTO | MANASE OTSIALO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Ms Fawsia Haji Haydai at their home in Mandera town. Despite being the top girl in the 2015 KCSE exam in Mandera County with a B minus, Ms Haydai says she is not happy with the results. PHOTO | MANASE OTSIALO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By MANASE OTSIALO
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Despite being the top female student in Mandera County, Ms Fawsia Haji Haydai, is not happy with her results, blaming the 2014 terror attack in which 28 people, most of them teachers, were killed for her “bad performance.”

Speaking to Nation at their home in Mandera town, the 19-year-old who scored a B minus, said that lack of qualified teachers affected her performance and that of the region.

“Most of our qualified teachers never returned leaving us to struggle on our own with assistance from unqualified teachers which led to my underperforming,” said Ms Haji.

Nevertheless, Ms Haydai, who wants to be a doctor, said she is thankful that she got her results but may have to retake the KCSE exam so that she can qualify for the competitive medical course.

“I have scored marks which I never expected. I dreamt of scoring an A plain and I am not happy with it,” Ms Haydai who was a candidate at Moi Girls Mandera said, adding that “if my grade does not allow me to study medicine, then I will go back to school to work for a better grade that shall see me become a doctor.”

The Moi Girls Mandera Deputy Principal Mr Mohamed Ibrahim said 17 teachers failed to go back to the school citing insecurity and the 189 candidates had to rely on untrained teachers hired by the county government and school board of management.

“We have produced the best girl in the county and improved the school mean score from 4.01 in 2014 to 5.06 in last year’s examination,” Mr Ibrahim said.

Mr Ibrahim said after the attacks, the school was only left with eight teachers employed by the Teachers Service Commission.

Overall, 10 students scored  B minus, 26 C+, 33 C Plain, 49 C minus, 47 D+, 18 D Plain, and 7 D minus.

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