Sing’ore Girls topped without any As

Thursday December 21 2017

Sing'ore Girls' High School

Joyce Murisha (left) and Rose Koech Kimutai from Sing'ore Girls' High School in Iten, Elgeyo-Marakwet County, are being congratulated for their excellence in the KCSE exam on December 20, 2017. All the students that sat the exam will be admitted to public universities. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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Sing’ore Girls topped nationally in the 2017 KCSE results despite not producing a single candidate with an A plain.

The school in Elgeyo-Marakwet beat more established national schools to emerge tops with the best performance index of 69.9.

The extra-county school, a category below the national ones, had an entry of 271 candidates and posted 15 A-, 165 B+, 83 B and 8 B- giving it an edge over others countrywide.

Despite not having an A, all the students that sat the exam will be admitted to public universities as they all passed the C+ cut-off.

On Thursday, the candidates visited the grave where the late Catholic Bishop Cornelius Korir was laid to rest inside the Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral in Eldoret town to pay their respects following the sterling performance.

The school’s principal Rose Koech led the candidates in paying tributes to the Bishop whom they described as a spiritual father who played a role in their success.

“We are here at Cathedral to thank God for the good results. We also came here because the late Bishop, our role model and spiritual father, was a good friend who was always there to encourage the girls,” she said.

She added: “He passed on before the girls sat the exam and we said the only way we can honour him is to pass the national examination.”

Father Fredrick Njoroge, representative of Bishop Maurice Crowley, who is acting Bishop of the Eldoret Diocese, said Bishop Korir was an education champion.

“People knew him as a peace crusader but he played a key role in encouraging students in all schools under his leadership to perform well and nurture spiritual growth.

"As a church, we will continue to ensure that children develop spiritually in the country,” Father Njoroge said.

The extra-county school, located on the Iten-Kapsowar road, recorded its best performance ever although it has been posting good results over the years.

Elgeyo-Marakwet county director of education Joseph Wamocho, who accompanied the girls to the church, asked Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i to consider elevating the institution to a national school. 

“I went to the school when the results came out. I want to assure you that it was through hard work; no games were involved,” Mr Wamocho said.