Pangani Girls High School in Nairobi, which for the past two years has recorded good results in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations, failed to make it to the top 10 schools this year.
The school, which also produced two top candidates in the past two years, did not manage to get a single candidate in the top 10 KCSE candidates.
Kenya High School, on the other hand, bounced back to the top, producing 76 candidates with grade A while Kapsabet Boys High School produced the best candidate nationally — Buluma Tony Wabuko, who garnered 87.159 points.
Last year, Pangani Girls produced the best candidate in the country. In the 2017 examination, the school also produced the best candidate.
The school’s average score in the 2017 KCSE examination was 66.222 and was ranked 10th nationally. However, this year the school only managed to have one candidate — Mugo Staicy Nelima who had 82.477 points — emerging number 10.
In this year’s Form One selection, the school was the most sought after. It attracted the highest number of student applicants at 111,817 yet its capacity is 336. Alliance High school had interest from 83,489 applicants yet it can only admit 384 while Kenya High attracted 49,727 applicants against a capacity of 336. In 2018, it was by far the most preferred school in Kenya, with a total of 110,000 girls seeking to join it, with 87,209 candidates picking it as their first choice.
In the top 10 schools this year, Kenya High was followed by Kapsabet Boys, Alliance High School, Moi High School Kabarak, Alliance Girls, Maryhill Girls, Maseno School, Nairobi School, Mangu High and Moi Girls, Eldoret.
The number of candidates who attained the highest overall mean grade (A plain) rose from 315 candidates in 2018 to 627 in this year’s examinations.
Candidates who attained A-minus shot up to 5,796 from 3,417 in 2018. The number of candidates with minimum university entry grade C+ and above was 125,746, compared with 90,377 in 2018.
By Ouma Wanzala