School does well despite Al-Shabaab terror threats

Tuesday November 19 2019

Some of the best performing pupils from Lafey Boarding Primary School. PHOTO | MANASE OTSIALO | NATION MEDIA GROUP


Lafey Boarding Primary School in Mandera County has been under constant threat from the Al-Shabaab terror group.

But the school with a population of 1,230 pupils defied the odds to produce four top candidates in Mandera County in the just-released Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination results. A total of 97 candidates sat for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) this year.

“We have managed good results despite the challenges we face. We are happy for our school and students,” said Mr Abdirahim Tawane, the school deputy headteacher.

The school produced the top pupil in the county, Kalid Keir Yussuf, who scored 407 marks out of 500.

Other top candidates were Abdirizak Siyad Adan (404), Burhan Maalim Khalif (400) and Deni Kashif Mohamud (390).

“We have suffered a teachers’ shortage but that did not dampen our spirits. We needed to perform and that has been our norm and culture,” said Mr Tawane.


Mr Tawane ascribed the good performance on pupils’ discipline and the cooperation of parents.