•Magata Bruce from Gilgil Hills Academy was the top candidate in the 2021 KCPE exam closely followed by Ashley Kerubo with 427 marks.
•In 2021 exams, private schools posted stunning performance compared to public schools.
On Monday, Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha announced results for the recently concluded 2021 KCPE exams.
In his announcement, the CS highlighted the top performers in the examination which is the second last exam before the education curriculum fully shifts to the Competency-based Curriculum.
Magata Bruce from Gilgil Hills Academy was the top candidate in the 2021 KCPE exam closely followed by Ashley Kerubo with 427 marks.
In the 2021 exams, the council registered 1,225,507 candidates in 28,316 KCPE examination centres.
According to CS Magoha, private schools posted a stunning performance compared to public schools.
They scooped 8 out of 10 positions countrywide.
Gilgil Hills Academy, Makini School, Holy Family Misikhu Girls Primary School, Emmanuel Springs and Kitengela International School were among the first five schools that led.
Last year, public schools posted stunning performance in the 2020 KCPE exam better than private schools.
They scooped 10 of the 15 top positions countrywide.
They performed even better in the top five, producing the first four, with only one candidate from a private school emerging in the fifth position.
“In particular, I am impressed that public schools have shone in the 2020 KCPE, scooping 10 of the top 15 overall slots in the examination,” Magoha said last year.
Traditionally, private schools have dominated while public schools have over the years been characterized by poor performance.
The development opened a puzzle as to why and what brought about the shift.
Educators outlined three reasons that pushed public schools to perform better than their private counterparts.
Maiyo, the Kenya Parents Association chairman said the availability of textbooks meant that learners can learn even in absence of teachers.
Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association chairman Indimuli Kahi said that proper institutional leadership is key to the production of good grades.
Since 2003, the government has been providing tuition capitation of Sh1,420 to each learner hence no cost attending a public school.
Kari Mwailu, Chogoria Girls, Maseno Girls Boarding, Nzoia Sugar Company, Crystal Hill Academy were among the schools that emerged the best in the 2020 KCPE exam.
Faith Mumo from Kari Mwailu Primary School in Makueni county emerged as the top performer after scoring 433 marks.