Society / Education
Wednesday, 22 Nov 2017 16:45 EATabdirahmancajab@gmail.com
Wajir Excel Academy produced the best pupil in the entire county in the Kenya Cenrtificate of Primary Education (KCPE) results released yesterday. The pupil, Hamza Yussuf, scored 414 Marks.
The school, which was founded in the year 2005, is known for its good performance since they started registering candidates for the KCPE in 2010. This is the second time it is producing the best candidate in the region, having led also in the 2013 exams.
The 2013 top candidate scored 407 Marks, and the school had a mean grade of 337 Marks. This year's performance is even better, with the mean being a strong 342 Marks. This increased performance has been achieved against an even higher candidate numbers.
The current enrolment of the school is 800 pupils with 50-50 mix of boys and girls. The school's mean scores over last four years have been: 337 in 2013; 355 in 2014; 336 in 2015 and 342 in 2017.
In an interview with this newspaper, the school's director Mr Omar Adan, an educationist who has overseen the successful transformation of the young institution into a regional and national giant, spoke highly about the caliber of candidates they presented this year.
"This was definitely one of the best classes we have had, and we are proud of their achievement," said Mr Omar, who holds BA in political science and post graduate diploma in education from the University of Nairobi. "We trained them well and I personally feel was uplifted to have seen them pass through my hand."
The education attributed the great success of this class to discipline, hardwork and close relationship between the pupils and their teachers. He said it was a habit of the school to have pupils work as a team in order to cultivate a spirit of collaboration and mutual progress.
He said the girls in the class performed much better than in previous years, taking positions two, four, five and a two-girl tie at 396 Marks. He expressed optimism that all the school's top performers will rise to become top professionals and other leadership positions in the futue.
Mr Omar congratulated all the teachers for making him proud, and recognised the effort of other staff members as well, including the support staff whom he said make teaching and learning easier for everyone in the school. He told this writer that he currently has 20 teachers and other support staff to run the school.
"Without teamwork in the school, nothing can be achieved," he said, while speaking about the specific roles of stakeholders. He urged parents to colaborate with teachers to achieve even higher results in future.
After receiving the news of the Excel Academy's good performance, Wajir Governor Mohamed Abdi Mohamud sent a congratulatory message to the pupils, management and parents of the school.
Abdirahman Rashid Farah is a contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Wajir County