When the KCPE results were announced yesterday, Amal Maalim of Mnara Junior Academy in Garissa was expecting to perform well but little did she know that she would top her class.
Speaking to the press in Garissa yesterday after receiving news of her top notch performance, Amal attributed her success to hard work, dedication and discipline.
“I got good results because of working smart and remaining disciplined. I have always expected to perform exceptionally well in the exam, but this is more than I expected. I am proud of my results and I really appreciate my teachers and parents for making sure I achieve my target,” said Amal.
She scored 420 marks out of 500.
Jubilant parents, teachers and former school mates carried the 14-year old shoulder – high as they broke into song and dance.
Ibnu Mubarak Junior Academy produced the top pupil in Garissa county with 422 marks.
Despite the teacher crisis, North Eastern students recorded improved performance across all the three Counties of Garissa, Wajir and Mandera.
Mass exodus of teachers from the region almost brought education in the region to its knees but joint efforts by local teachers, leaders and volunteers saved the situation.
Private schools were however not affected by the teacher crisis.