As we congratulate and celebrate the KCPE results, it would be prudent to acknowledge the challenges that students face on the road to success.
Pupils from unstable regions either economically, politically or security and infrastructure-wise, have more reasons to be jubilant.
Arguably, the success rate of such a pupil is close to nil yet many beat the odds to make it.
Case example is top pupil Goldalyn Kakuya from St Anne Junior School Lubao in Kakamega.
She triumphed over albinism to become an overnight face of hope to any challenged child across the nation and most notably to some of our friends in Tanzania who subject them to cult-related sacrifices.
The biggest challenge the government will face; leave alone funding free secondary education after the EU withdrew their support, is getting 993,718 candidates to fit into 790,680 available slots in secondary schools.
With constant Knut and Kuppet members’ strikes, a shortage of 50,000 teachers will spread more havoc in the near future.
Salt on wound is the curriculum transition, which will come with challenges to the disadvantage of pupils.
Infrastructure challenges faced by rural schools are a modern-day embarrassment for a leading literate nation in eastern Africa.
It is a facade to say there is no difference between a public and private school pupil.