Josephat Mwangi Kamau, from Mioro Secondary School in Murang’a County, celebrates his exemplary performance in the 2018 KCSE exams with his family and friends

Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed on Friday gave special mention to five candidates who reversed their academic fortunes in the KCsE 2018 after a poor showing in the KCPE four years ago.

All the five students – who are all male – performed poorly at the Primary school level but four years later proved that failing in KCPE is no reason to see them fail in Secondary school.

“This year, we have gone a step further to conduct an analysis of how individual candidates have performed in the KCSE relative to their performance in KCPE four years ago,” said CS Amina.

“Our aim is to show the value add to candidates by schools depending on how much they actually improved.”

The most improved candidate was Josphat Mwangi Kamau of Mioro Secondary school, in Mathioya, Murang’a County who scored 278 marks in KCPE and a mean grade of A- in his KCSE.

Coming in second was one Kyulu Richard who attained 257 marks in KCPE but turned his fortunes around to score a B+.

Maingi George Mburu was the third most improved learner; he scored 279 marks in KCPE and came out an impressive B+.

In fourth place was Wambui James Kamau. He managed a measly 186 marks in KCPE and a B- in KCSE.

Rounding off the most improved list is Cheruiyot Gideon who managed just 209 marks in KCPE but ended up scoring a B.

“This is clear evidence that candidates who may perform poorly in KCPE can perform excellently in KCSE despite low marks they achieved 4 years previously,” said CS Amina.

“This provides clear evidence that the Government’s 100 transition policy is brilliant and that it will give a second chance to candidates who would have lost out in the KCPE but will be able to realise their full potential.”