As pupils and teachers across the country celebrated their good performance, those at Nyakemincha Primary School joined the celebration but for a different reason.
The school was no longer the worst performing school in KCPE. It had been replaced by Sala Primary School in Mandera.
It was dance and jubilation at the Nyamira-based school when teachers and pupils learnt that the school, which was the worst performer in 2011, had moved up the ladder.
“We became a laughing stock countrywide when we were named the worst performers in 2011. We vowed that it will not happen to us again and thank God we have moved several steps ahead,” said headteacher Arani Nyamongo.
Nyakemincha’s place in this year’s KCPE has been taken by pupils at Sala Primary School, which is the worst performing institution in last year’s exam.
The school only attained a mean score of 120 out of a possible 500 marks in the examination. Consequently, Mandera managed to dethrone Nyamira as the county that produced the worst performing school in the 2012 KCPE.
This means majority of the school’s pupils may not make the transition to secondary schools as they fall way below the 250 pass mark set by the national examiner.
Though Nyakemincha are out of the bottom-five list, the school does not know its rank yet.
“All I know is that we are out of the list of shame as our struggle to improve our school has started,” Mr Nyamongo, who was posted to the school early last year, said.
He said efforts to get the results via the SMS number given by the examiner or check them on the Internet have not borne any fruits.
“We have only managed to receive results for only one pupil who scored 229 marks. That was better than last year’s who scored 179,” he said.
The last school in the county was Keberigo Omax with a mean of score of 136 marks.
Other schools ranked bottom in their respective counties include Kebirigo Omax Primary School with a mean score of 136 marks (Nyamira County), Mosanya Academy, 129 (Kisii ) and Akoreet, 175 (Busia).
Others are Kangumo, 172 (Laikipia), Mashariki, 157 (Kericho), Ngano, 146 (Nakuru), Fr Grol’s Welfare Project, 138 (Nairobi), Mweini Primary, 167 (Makueni) and C.C.M Mutethia, 127 in Meru County.
Overall, Nakuru featured prominently in the list of worst performing districts that was dominated by administrative units in semi-arid areas.