Nyanza’s Maranda High School was declared the top performer in last year’s Form Four examination, toppling big names that have dominated the tables in the past 22 years.The best candidate in the KCSE exam released on Wednesday was K. Nalianya Job of St Peter’s Seminary in Mukumu, Western Province. He had a mean grade of 87.13613. Second and third positions went to Alliance High School’s Victor Gitau Gikonyo and Emmanuel Hans Odhiambo, who obtained performance indices of 86.97342 and 86.96484 respectively.Chenang’at Lonyangapuo of Alliance Girls was the best female candidate, but was placed in fourth position overall with a performance index of 86.92522.Following in the fifth position was Sidney Rema Oirere of Maranda. Others in the top ranks were: Brian Ruhiu Gacigua of Starehe Boys Centre (6), Faith Aseta of Moi Girls’ High School, Eldoret (7), Alex Murimi Kariuki of Alliance High School (8), Tyson Odhiambo Manyala of Maranda (9) and Buyaki Tatania Oisebe of Precious Blood Riruta (10).Put together, Maranda and Alliance High School scooped half of the top 10 places.A school with modest facilities but highly motivated students and teachers, Maranda obtained a mean grade of A- with a performance index of 11.2872, superseding last year’s best of 11.2570. It was followed by Alliance High School, which also had a mean grade of A- but a performance index of 11.1455.Alliance Girls came third with a performance index of 11.0822 while Starehe Boys Centre, whose fortunes took a nosedive in 2010, made a comeback to the top ranks, taking the fourth slot.Others in sequence were: Mang’u (5), Moi Girls’ High School, Eldoret (6), Kenya High School (7), Maryhill Girls High School (8), Pangani Girls (9) and Starehe Girls Centre (10). Click here
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