Girls in public primary schools dominated the top 10 list in Murang'a County in the 2017 Kenya Certificate of Primary Examinations (KCPE) exam whose results were released Tuesday.
This is the second year in a row that girls are edging out boys from top positions.
Technology Primary School (public) produced the top two pupils while Bishop Perlo, a private school based in the outskirts of Murang'a Town, produced the third girl in the top 10 list.
Irungu Fridah Muthithi and Ndungu Loise Wangechi got 436 and 431 marks respectively, while Munene Yvonne Naithomi got 430 marks in the just released KCPE exam results.
In 2016, the top student in the county was Nice Njambi Irungu from Bishop Perlo who scored 427 marks.
The two schools have been taking the lead every year in the national examinations.
Notably, Vidhu Ramji Primary School in Murang’a Town which produced the second top boy was nowhere to be seen among top performers in the 2017 KCPE exam.
Ng'ang'a Edwin Penuel from Bishop Kairu was the top boy in the exam with 429 marks, taking position four in the founty.
He was followed by Karugu Antony Muturi and Franklin Mbirwa, both from St Paul Thomas and Technology Primary respectively who scored 428 marks each.
In Vihiga County, government-run Moses Mudavadi Primary School, Mululu maintained its top performance history in the 2017 KCPE exam.
The school produced the top two candidates in the county, Troon Amiani, who scored 441 marks and Philip Mangale who scored 430 marks and tied with Wayne Philip of Mudasa Academy.
The fourth and fifth positions went to Reagan Hamba and Gathoya Nyaya who got 428 and 424 marks respectively, both from Moses Mudavadi Primary School.
Also scoring 424 marks to tie in the fifth position were Jackline Masetu of Mudasa Academy and Nicole Namai of Serve Academy.
Mr Kihima Eboso, the headteacher of Moses Mudavadi Primary said, "We have done well. Our candidates returned good marks. Thanks to the teachers and candidates for the exemplary performance."
Another school, Hekima Academy in Mbale celebrated after all its candidates scored above 300 marks.
In Nyamira County, Eronge SDA Boarding Primary School registered better results than it did in 2016.
The top candidate from the school scored 431 marks, up from 426 marks realised last year.
The school’s headteacher, Mr Kepha Bwana, said Duncan Omweri led the pack of 189 candidates who sat the exam this year.
He was followed by Evascophia Oyaro with 411 marks, Claire Oywori (408), Edwin Kimuruai (404) and Joy Mang'oa (403).
The school has been topping in KCPE in Nyamira for many years.
In Kakamega County, Booker Academy in Mumias produced one of the best candidates in this year's KCPE exams.
Kasana Valerie Najjuma scored 445 out of the possible 500 marks.
According to the school’s headteacher Tom Omuhaka, 40 candidates scored more than 400 marks.
"This is our second best performance. In 2011, we had 63 candidates who scored over 400 marks," said Mr Omuhaka.
Antulay Asif scored 436 marks while twins, Talitha Rozally and Olive Wabwire scored 405.
The school had 83 candidates sitting the national examination.
Mr Omuhaka attributed the good performance to hard work among teachers, discipline and regular prayers.