Top KCSE candidate Robinson Wanjala Simiyu of Murang’a High School attained the enviable mean score of 87.334 to emerge the best performer in the 2020 KCSE. This is no mean feat given, first, the highly competitive nature of the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) and the disruption brought about by the Coronavirus pandemic which forced candidates to stay out of school for over six months.
His performance has elevated Murang’a High School into the KCSE Hall of Fame this year, beating giants like Alliance Boys, Kenya High and Kapsabet Boys, the home last year’s best student school.
While in previous years top students have been motivated by their teachers and their quest to emerge best by earning top marks, Murang’a High School student was given an extra inducement: Ksh50,000.
It is understood that Robinson Wanjala was paid Ksh50,000 well before he sat for his KCSE examinations, perhaps offering him more reason to study harder for that extra marks not just to hit high grades, but also keep the Ksh50,000.
Whether giving monetary incentive before examination is a great way to motivate a student to perform well will be an issue for educationists to debate.
Top 15 2020 KCSE candidates
Robinson Wanjala Simiyu – Murang’a High School – 87.334)
Allan Wasonga Agoro Sare High School – (87.173)
Sharon Chepng’eno (Kenya High School) with 87.173
Rob Ongare Muraisi – Alliance High with 87.173
Ester Mbugua – Kenya High with 87.113
Kipkoech Kogo – Alliance high school with 87.106
Kenneth Oranga – Kapsapet boys with 87.049
Madaga Henry – Maranda High school with 87.046
Chepkor Patience – Kenya High school with 87. 046
Musomba Edith Kisei – Machakos girls with 87.013
Leslie Loise – Kenya High School
George Thylron- Kapsabet boys
Kiprono Howard -Maranda High school
Jelimo Debora – Kenya High School
Buluma Daisy – Kenya High School
But questions are likely to be raised on how the Murang’a High School Deputy Principal (academics) Charles Karanja reached the decision to pay the student Ksh50,000 using a post-dated cheque ahead of the 2020 KCSE exams, which was to be his reward if he emerged the best candidate. Should students be paid to achieve what they are actually supposed to achieve?
Top 20 Performing Schools
Kenya High……10.76 2. Alliance Girls….10.65 3. Kapsabet Boys…10.60 4. Maranda Boys….10.57 5. Machakos Girls…10.48 6. Mang’u Boys…..10.33 7. Kaaga Girls…..10.31 8. Alliance Boys…..10.30 9. Agoro Sare Boys….10.22 10. Chanda Boys…10.12 11. Kabarak High…10.11 12. Pangani Girls….9.97 13. St. Joseph’s Girls..9.95 14. St. Bridgit’s Girls…9.69 15. Moi Girls Eldoret…9.56 16. Starehe Boys…9.42 17. Lugulu Girls…9.32 18. State House Girls….9.31 19. Kisii High…9.27 20. Kamusinga Boys….9.20
The norm is usually rewarding students after their performance or at least just promising the reward.
In society where the end often justifies the means, issuing a cheque to a student ahead of exams may not raise eyebrows but that act can actually pile undue pressure to a student who looks at the cheque daily as he prepares for the examination? In this case the student can go the extra mile -through reading/studying harder or using other means to attain the target.
It will be interesting to hear what Robinson says motivated – and actually got him – to become the best student countrywide.
After declaring that long distance relationships aren’t for her, Sherlyne Anyango might have bagged herself a new mzungu boyfriend. It’s barely days since she left the country to go to the States to ‘hustle’. According to her, it’s easier to hustle in the States with her twerking talent.
Love At First Sight?
Well, she moved on quickly! This was the reaction of most of her fans after Sherlyne went live with her new catch. Most people were surprised by how fast she possibly got a boyfriend. But she hasn’t made it clear.
While this might seem unfair to her Kenyan bae, Oga Obinna, it was a mutual agreement between them to dissolve their relationship due to the distance between them.
”I’m a single boy again now😪😱!! Now with the standards you set who will fit in🤷🏿 who will fill your shoes??But Si Ni Life… But for now Kill Them with your AWESOMENESS and SECURE THE BAG!!! Don’t let nobody tell you otherwise. Plus there will always be space for you in my Heart and Kidney🙊🙈🙏🏿.”
In line to this, Sherlyne had also declared how much she misses Obinna and wrote back to him;
”Don’t make me cry. That’s life 😞😞. I feel bad. I miss you badly.”
Well, turns out she won’t be missing him any more after getting a new catch. Obinna has not yet responded to Sherlyne’s video posted on her Insta stories. I bet he’s not happy seeing her with another man.
When it comes to buying or tailoring a new blazer, most people think it’s all about getting what fits. Even though that is one of the most vital things to focus on when selecting blazers, there are other things you need to look out for in order to have a perfect and versatile blazer.
Versatile is not just about being able to match most pieces in your closet, but something that will enhance your outfits and define your best features while at it. In case you are wondering on where to start with buying a blazer, start here:
Yes, this is the first thing you should consider before making or buying yourself a blazer. You need to check your closet and consider the most dominant colour and pieces, can they be layered with a blazer or paired together?
Once that is set, you are good to go, though the more colourful a blazer is the more fun you will have pairing it with other pieces.
When selecting the perfect blazer always be very careful not to choose a small blazer. You might confuse a small blazer for a fitting one.
It should not be too tight that your shoulders cannot move in it or you can barely button it.
Although ladies are lucky they can go with any arm length, because it can be considered fashionable, ensure that it is your size. Also, avoid going for extra-large coats that will drown you and hide your best features.
A blazer is in between a suit jacket and a hoodie. Meaning, it should be able to pass for official and casual events. Let your guide be what you are buying it for.
There are different kinds of blazers ranging from open front blazers, single breasted blazers, belted ones, the list is endless.
Always go for a blazer that resonates with your style and closet items. Also, long blazers are classier and versatile than the shorter boyfriend ones. This is in terms of versatility.
Are you looking for a linen blazer, cotton or the suit material fabric? Do you want it shiny or matte? Do you need one with metal studded elements or with embellished buttons like the army? The kind of texture you go for will determine the way you dress your blazer.
Although blazers are meant to match with all outfits, the kind of design you go for can either limit your outfit choices or broaden your matching game.
They say the longer the blazer, the double the respect. You already know what I mean by this. Longer blazers are more eye catching, trendy and versatile. It will be easier for you to pair them to a tiny skirt, pencil trouser or palazzos.
Also did I mention how well they pair with crop tops? Yes, when buying a blazer, the length is very important.
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By Milo George
Residents of Pipeline Transami area are decrying poor drainage system that has caused sewage water to overflow in their area of residence.
The residents claim that the overflowing sewage is not only putting their lives at risk but also causing air pollution.
They have called on Nairobi Metropolitan Services and Nairobi City Water and Sewage Company to come on board and expand the sewer lines before more areas are flooded with raw human wastes coming from the blocked pipes. “We want Major Badi and our leaders to resolve this menace immediately. It’s terrible many have been forced to shift their businesses because of the foul smell,” they said. Pastor Joe Ndivoh of Word Evangelistic Explosion Ministries says that they have been forced to call off the Sunday School Service to protect the children from the smelly sewage. ‘‘We now fear that if prompt action is not taken then we will have a bigger health problem than this because we fear there could be an outbreak of water-borne disease anytime,’’ Pastor Ndivoh added.
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