Pupils pictured in Shikokhwe Primary School fail to shine

Friday November 24 2017

kcpe Candidates Shikokhwe Primary School Malava examination

Pupils at Shikokhwe Primary School in Malava, Kakamega County, sit a KCPE exam on November 1. FILE PHOTO ISAAC WALE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By BENSON AMADALA
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There was little celebration at Shikokhwe Primary School in Kakamega County after it emerged that all the 24 candidates who sat the 2017 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education exam had scored below 300 marks.

The school was in the news after pupils were photographed sitting the exam in derelict semi-permanent classrooms in Kakamega North sub-county.

Results from the school indicate the top candidate from the institution scored 288 marks followed by a candidate who got 275 marks.

The poor state of the classrooms sparked a debate among leaders on social media as they accused each other of failing to intervene and improve learning facilities at the rural school in Malava constituency.

On Thursday, the school’s headteacher John Karungani said the school was still attempting to access the full results by sending a text message to the code 22252. He said the candidates whose results the Nation had managed to access were from the school.

“We have been experiencing network problems while trying to download the results but I have asked my deputy to keep trying and coordinate the exercise,” said Mr Karungani.

GILRS DOMINATE

Meanwhile, girls dominated the top six positions in this year’s KCPE exam in Malava constituency.

District Education Officer Anne Shiundu said the top candidate, Electrine Barasa from Jilca Academy scored 430 marks. She was followed by Irene Faith from Lukala who scored 420 marks.

Vivian Wachya from Isanjiro Primary got 417 marks, with Snaider Bulimo from Jilca Academy getting 416 marks. Celestine Barasa, the twin sister of Electrine scored 415 marks.

Other candidates are Calistus Songa from Isanjiro with 408 marks, Gesare Gichana from Isanjiro primary (408 marks) and Trippine Marani from Fubuye Primary (403 marks).