Mombasa, KENYA: A primary school located in the slum area of Alidina-Jomvu has defied all odds by performing very well in the 2017 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education exams.
The school which began as a result of wellwishers wanting to build a school that will promote education in the area, had over six children getting 400 marks with the leading student getting 422 marks; having a total of 28 students who sat for the exams.
According to the school director Elizabeth Nafula, locals in the slum area donated the land in 2013 so as to enable children in the area get a good education.
“When we started we went to the villages as many had given up on education and we managed to convince the parents; we even had to entice them by telling the parents that we will give their children free lunch.” Said Ms. Nafula.
Ms. Nafula who is also the secretary-general of the Mombasa County Private School Association added that in 2015 they had their first lot of KCPE candidates and over seven children went to National schools.
Brian Elias who topped in the schools 2017 KCPE exams having scored 422, attributed his success to hard work and prayers.
“I had prepared for these exams and I was very hopeful that I will pass these exams, I performed very well in Kiswahili and English as my teachers advised me that Languages always give pupils a boost to perform better.” Said Brian.
The 13-year-old hopes to attend Mangu High School and later on become an engineer.
Brian’s father Elias Simon Rayasi expressed his joy regarding his son’s performance attributing it to the teachers and also him consistently maintaining his good performance ever since he was in Lower primary.
“I am really proud of him has shown that these slum areas can produce A students.” Said Mr. Rayasi.
The principal Mr. Patrick King’oo said together with the teachers, they ensured the students had a conducive environment for learning.
With the help of wellwishers, the school has already started enrolling secondary students and at the moment they have Form 1 and Form 2 students.
Education CS Fred Matiang’i on Tuesday released the 2017 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education results at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD), where he said despite the political temperature, the candidates performed better.
A total of 1,003,556 candidates had registered for the 2017 KCPE exams in 28,566 centres across the country.
Nationally, the top KCPE 2017 candidate scored 455 marks.