The bulk of the candidates who scored straight As in last year’s Form Four examinations came from the top national schools.
The results released by Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i on Thursday show that traditional giants Alliance High School, Moi High School Kabarak, Maseno School, Kapsabet Boys and Mang’u High School accounted for almost half of the 2,636 candidates.
Kabarak had the highest number of As, at 202, Alliance High had 200, while Maseno had 140. Kapsabet had 94 ahead of Mang’u, which bagged 89.
Others were St Joseph’s High School from Trans Nzoia County, with 73 As, Maranda High of Siaya County (68), Nairobi‘s Lenana School (60), Rang’ala Girls in Siaya County (59), Asumbi Girls in Migori County (58) and Starehe Boys Centre from Nairobi (55).
Kagumo had 50 As, Kapsabet Girls and Sacho high schools, 38 As each, while Litein Boys High School had 36. Mukaa had 28 As, Sheikh Khalifa (27), Chavakali (21), Chogoria Girls (21), Musingu High (26), Pioneer School (26), Alliance Girls (25), Kisumu Girls (16), Booker Academy (12), St Peter’s Mumias (12), Wamy (11) and Meru School (11).
Initial reports, which were however, inaccurate, indicated that Chavakali High School had 300 students scoring straight As.
The deputy principal, Mr Job Mudevi, clarified that they only had 21 As.
“All our students, except four, have qualified to go to university. We have proved that numbers don’t matter. If we work smart, we will do much better,” Mr Mudevi said on Friday.
The Moi High School Kabarak principal, Ms Elishibah Cheruiyot, attributed their success to hard work.
“When you take over an institution that is doing well and has been at the top you always hope that you will do better and so this year’s performance will remain the happiest moment in my life,” she told the Nation.
Her counterpart at Alliance High School, Mr David Kariuki, said: “Our target was 200 As and a mean score of 11.2 and I think we have achieved it. We are now targeting 300 As this year.”
Mr Paul Otula of Maseno termed the results as the “best ever” and attributed it to hard work and discipline.
“We have exemplary results that have put us ahead of the rest in the region. I want to thank students, teachers, the board of governors and the parents, teachers’ association for working together to realise these good results,” he said.
Maranda’s Boaz Owino said their performance was better than in 2014.
Kapsabet Boys Principal Kipchumba Maiyo attributed the good performance to a winning culture at the school.
“What we have been witnessing progressive results in the last three years for developing a good learning environment for students pursuing excellence in academics and leadership,” said Mr Maiyo.
At St Joseph’s Kitale, the principal, Mr Peter Obwogo, said the candidates were reaping the fruits of hard work and dedication.
“We focused on our target. The results confirm that we don’t dance backwards,” Mr Obwogo said.
Kenya National Examination council (Knec) Chief Executive officer Joseph Kivilu said candidates were awarded the A grades because they deserved them.
“If they all score the A grade, we ward them. They have worked hard for those grades and therefore there is no reason to deny them,” said Dr Kivilu.
He attributed high number of A grade in national schools on their preparations for national examinations which they said are taken serious in those institutions.
“These schools that get more As prepare their candidates in advance. Some buy past examination materials from Knec in advance and continuously guide their candidates on how to handle examination questions,” said Dr Kivulu.
However, an education specialist Andiwo Obondo said the system of awarding marks to candidates needs to be critically looked at.
“It could be that the system of administering the examination has changed or the system is too manipulative. The many As leaves a lot of questions to answered,” said Mr Obondo.
During release of the examination, 64 candidates from 14 out of 103 national schools were involved in examination cheating and had their results cancelled.