‘I was kicked out and survived on ten bob’ Mans tale after failing KCSE inspires 

The Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination results were released on Wednesday afternoon at the KNEC headquarters.

Speaking while releasing the results, Education CS Prof George Magoha noted that there was a remarkable improvement in performance in 16 subjects.

627 candidates scored A plain up from 315 last year. 5796 candidates scored A- and in general, those who scored above C+ were 125,746.

Classics Mike Mondo opened up discussion to Kenyans to give words of encouragement to the students.

One male listener narrated being kicked out after failing KCSE.

Performing or not performing in the exams is not the end of the world and for me actually this is true.

I didn’t perform well, I had a commotion with my parents and I was kicked out of the house and from there I came to Nairobi for the first time ever in my life.

And I was sleeping on the streets. From there I decided to do hawking and sell peanuts and I rented my firs thouse in Mathare.

I used ten shillings a day to buy food, and the rest of my money was for saving.

After that I decided o to do a technical course and from there that’s upto now I have managed to to have my own businesses so it is not the end of the world for those students who didn’t perform

The best student was Tony Wabuko, from Kapsabet High School, who scored an A plain of 87.159 points.

Barasa Njeri of Kenya High School scored an A of 87.087 points.

Kaboge Odhiambo from Kapsabet High School got an A of 87.080 points; Anthony Owuor got an A of 87  points; while Natasha Wawira of Kenya High School got an A of 86.9 points.

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Top KCSE candidate Juliet Otieno speaks out, ‘The results are beyond my imagination!’

Migori was in a celebratory mood yesterday after the county produced KCSE’s top student. Another was among the top 10 nationally.

Education CS Amina Mohamed pronounced Juliet Otieno the top student with Mel Christine following in position six nationally.

The two were together at Christine’s home in Rongo at the time Amina made the announcement. They are friends and neighbours.

Migori has seen bad press in recent past with Governor Okoth Obado charged with the murder of his lover Sharon Otieno and remanded for more than a month.

Obado was also detained for days after police claimed illegal guns were found in his Nairobi and Migori homes.

The Friday results offered a much needed break and something to celebrate.

Juliet was a student at Pangani Girls. She scored an A of 87.644 points to emerge the best student. Christine was at Alliance Girls High School.

Juliet wants to be an aeronautical engineer while Christine intends to be a cardiovascular doctor.

“We were watching the news at home when we heard Juliet’s name called out as the top student. Before the shock wore off, Christine was also read out as number six nationally,” Margaret Okoth said. Margaret is Christine’s mother. Migori town broke into celebration after residents learned the two were from the county. Their parents led in celebrations across Rongo town.

“I attribute my success to hard work, I expected to pass but the result is beyond my imagination,” Juliet said. She was accompanied by her father Paul Were and her mother Mary Otieno. The parents said it was the happiest moment of their lives.

“She has been bright since primary school where she topped her class thrughout. That she emerged the top student nationally is a blessing,” Were said.

Juliet did her KCPE at Rongo Success Academy where director Eliud Kondeyo said she topped her class. Christine also topped her KCPE class at Cape View Academy.

“I thank my family for the support. My grandfather and siblings have been instrumental in my success because they always encouraged me,” Christine said.

Rongo MP Paul Abuor described the two students as a double blessing to Migori county.

“The two girls have offered us the best Christmas gift as a county that has been marred by bad image in the press,” Abuor told the Star on phone.

Earlier this week, there were rumours of strange sexually transmitted diseases that was fast spreading in Migori. The county later denied the existence of the STI called Jakadala, saying photos being spread online were those of patients of penile cancer.

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KCSE: Scores arrested over leaked Chemistry exam paper


Fourteen people, among them KCSE exam officials, were on Monday arrested in Kisii county on charges of illegal possession of a Chemistry paper.

Police, in a report on the incident, said this followed a report that Monianku secondary school had hired five outsiders to facilitate the exam malpractice.

The five are Irene Kivunja, Jurith  Nyabeki, Alex Ziko Akuma, Christopher Ogora, and Marori Edwin. They will be taken to court today (Tuesday).

Gucha South sub-county police boss Vincent Kitili said the five were arrested in a house some metres from the private school.

Examinations officials at the said school were arrested shortly after concluding the day’s paper. Police said they are helping with investigations.

The officials were among them Mutende John (Supervisor), and invigilators Omagwa Joel, Edna Morwabe, Gedion Nyagaka, Bernad Omoro, John Abuta, Ann Nyaboe, and Joel Nyakwanya.

Monianku deputy principal Peter Arori was also arrested. The owner of the house where the papers were being copied is still at large.

Kitili said they are also looking for the school bursar, one Peter Ochienku, who is believed to have sneaked out the paper.

Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) chairman George Magoha, however, maintained that the 2018 examinations will not be leaked.

He said, in a report on day one of KCSE, that the Maths and Chemistry papers were not seen before they were administered to the candidates.

Citing leaks that were detected and nipped in the bud, Magoha said Knec will strengthen its surveillance to ensure no paper is compromised.

He said the council has an alert system, formidable KNEC guidelines and security measures in place to curb such incidents.

Magoha added that two candidates from Murang’a and Nyamira counties died on the first day of the examination in unfortunate circumstances.

“The council wishes to send its sincere message of condolences to the affected families and friends,” he said.

Girl commits suicide after getting C- at KCSE exams

KCSE results were released yesterday and the country saw the same diminishing returns in terms of grades above the magical cut-off mark. Many students will thus be unable to get into public universities that have the advantage of cheaper fees and most times boarding facilities.

So for the failures left out in the cold, they will either have to fork out expensive fees for parallel courses or join costly private universities. And you know how well Kenyans are doing, with such a great economy!


So it is with this background, that we tell this sad tale of this:

The story starts in 2016 when Carren Ouma wrote her Form Four exams and scored a C minus at Osingo Secondary in Migori County. Carren was not happy with the score and decided to take one more stab at the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) tests.

Carren believed she had the potential of making it to university and decided to reseat the paper. That meant spending another year in school. She went to the extent of changing schools— from Osingo Secondary to a Kuria-based institution.

Like the rest of the candidates who wanted to know their fate, Carren was restless. She spent hours chasing her results online and offline. She sent SMSes and even logged on to Kenya National Examinations Council website just to know how she had performed.

When she found out the results, instead of a grade that would make the toil and struggle worth it, her grades displeased her. Why? She had maintained her C minus grade. For this reason, she committed suicide, according to her parents and the local chief.

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Carren, Osingo Location Chief Mwai Odila told the Nation, jumped into a well located in their homestead on Wednesday night. Mr. Odila said the girl had repeated Form Four with an aim of getting a better grade. Mr. Odila said:

“She first sat her exams at Osingo Secondary before moving to a school in Kuria and still ended up getting the same grade.”

Police later took the body to Migori County Referral Hospital mortuary.

Hundreds of thousands of this year’s Form Four leavers have been locked out of universities and other tertiary institutions. The results released on Wednesday indicate that only 70,073 out of the 611,952 candidates-just 11.5 percent-managed the minimum university entry qualification of mean grade C+.

My opinion. This is so tragic that teenagers believe that their lives are over at 18 if they have not got a grade that society considers a success.