Thousands of parents and their children were on tenterhooks over the weekend after reports emerged that Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha was set to release the 2021 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examination results on Monday.
And for Grace Makena, an orphan who lost her parent at a tender age, it was a defining moment after several years of hard work and patience.
Grace was orphaned at the age of eight, and was luckily taken in by Aspiring Municipality MCA Caleb Mutethia Kibuko’s family.
And when the much-awaited announcement finally came in, Grace did not only post excellent results, but defied all odds to emerge the best pupil at Gitoro Primary School.
Speaking on Monday after the 2021 KCPE results announcement, Mr. Caleb Mutethia expressed his joy after receiving Makena’s impressive results.
“I am celebrating God’s victory, not for this child only but for thousands of other children who have no parents, yet they have strived to make it in life.” says Mr. Mutethia.
“When Grace Makena lost her parent at a very tender age, I took over the responsibility to take care of her. I have walked the journey with her since class 3. Makena has grown to be a very intelligent, obedient young lady who has proven today that God’s grace shines upon her life.” he adds.
Mr. Mutethia is committed to see Makena through her High School and University studies.
“I will be there for her as she pursues and actualizes her dreams.”
Mutethia says Makena’s story is enough inspiration to the hopeless and struggling members of the society.
“Makena grace has made it, you can also make it. Wait on the Lord, your day is coming. May God give way to every person struggling, hopeless to make it in life.” says Mr. Mutethia.
Caleb Mutethia will be seeking the Municipality Ward MCA seat on a United Democratic Alliance (UDA) ticket, and has expressed his commitment to youth empowerment among other programs.
“For a future where the people are the winners, the youth too deserve to be heard. We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future. Given an opportunity, they can influence outcomes and achieve real change!” he says.
Magata Bruce Makenzie from Gilgil Hill Academy in Nakuru County emerged the top candidate in the 2021 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exam after scoring 428 marks out of 500 marks.
Other top candidates nationally include, Njeru Joel Junior Musyoka of Nyangwa Primary (425), Kiriinya Muriuki Victor PCEA Mwimbi Boarding (425), Diana Rose Matolo of Fesbeth Academy (425), Kaberia Emmanuel Munene of New Bambini (425), Emmanuel Kiplangat Ng’etich of Moi Kabarak (425) and George Morris Otieno of Hill School (425).
While announcing the results, Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha said although the highest mark dropped from 433 in 2020 to 428 in 2021, the mean average performance and quality of grades for all candidates was higher this year.
“Whereas 8,091 (0.68 percent) candidates scored between 400 and 500 marks in the 2020 KCPE, the number increased to 11,857 (0.97percent) in the 2021 KCPE,” said the CS.
A total of 315,275 have scored between 300 and 399 marks compared to 282,090 in 2020 and 242,821 in 2019. Those who scored between 200 and 299 marks are 578,197 compared to 589,027 candidates in 2020 and 566,069 candidates in 2019.
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