Sleep early, rise early: Health mantra worked for top KCPE pupil

Travon Okoth, top pupil at Zamzam Academy in Gilgil, says this old rule worked for him

In Summary

•“I used to wake up at 5am and sleep 9pm since Zamzam is a boarding school,” he told The Star.

•Zamzam Academy had a mean score of 371.56 with social studies leading with 81.77. It also had eight learners with more than 400 marks and 38 with above 350 marks.

This year the general performance has improved.
This year the general performance has improved.

You have probably heard stories of successful people who sleep early and wake up early.

These include Apple CEO Tim Cook, Oprah Winfrey, and entrepreneur Richard Branson.

According to health experts, waking up early makes going to bed early easier.

Keeping consistent sleep and wake times regulates one's circadian rhythm and leads to deeper and better sleep at night.

Travon Okoth Ochieng, the top pupil from Zamzam Academy in Gilgil, said this old rule worked for him.

He scored 422 marks in the recently released 2021 KCPE released on Monday by Education CS George Magoha.

“I used to wake up at 5am and sleep 9pm since Zamzam is a boarding school,” he told The Star.

Travon Okoth Ochieng, the top pupil from Zamzam Academy in Gilgil, scored 422 marks.
Travon Okoth Ochieng, the top pupil from Zamzam Academy in Gilgil, scored 422 marks.

“My parents at home and Zamzam family gave me the morale and they believed in me.”

Okoth wishes to be a pilot in future and hopes to join Kapsabet High School in Nandi County.

Zamzam school had a mean score of 371.56 with social studies leading with 81.77.

It also had eight learners with more than 400 marks and 38 with above 350 marks.

On Monday, Teachers Service Commission CEO Nancy Macharia said they will recognize and award teachers whose learners excel in the exam.

Thirty teachers who stood out in various aspects will be rewarded, she said.

This year, Magata Bruce Mackenzie emerged as the top student in the country with 428 Marks.

Mackenzie was a candidate at the Gilgil Hills Academy.

Magata was closely followed by Ashley Kerubo from Makini School Kibos with 427 marks.

The total number of students who sat for the 2021 KCPE exam were 1,225,597 across the country in 28,248 centers.

The 2021 KCPE exam started on March 7 and ended on March 9.

The performance of male and female candidates was comparable.

A total of 315,275 candidates scored between 300-399, while 578,197 scored between 200 to 299 marks.

In his announcement, the CS George Magoha said this is the second last exam before the education curriculum fully shifts to the Competency-based Curriculum.

This year the council registered 1,225,507 candidates in 28,316 KCPE examination centres as compared to 1,191,752 candidates in 28,467 centres in 2020.

The 2021 KCPE class at Zamzam Academy in Gilgil.
The 2021 KCPE class at Zamzam Academy in Gilgil.
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