As result got out, two famous national schools are reported to be among five others said to have been cancelled for cheating in 2014 KCSE examinations. Starehe Boys Centre and Mangu High School are alleged to have their results ‘suspended’ after students were discovered to have being involved in exam malpractice.
Starehe Boys’ Centre and School famously called “Starehe” is a partial-board, boys-only school in Nairobi, Kenya. The school was established in 1959 by Dr. Geoffrey William Griffin, MBS, OBE, Geoffrey Gatama Geturo and Joseph Kamiru Gikubu. It started out as a rescue centre, the result of the vision of Geoffrey William Griffin, assisted by Joseph Gikubu, and Geoffrey Geturo. Its genesis was the earlier State of Emergency declared by the Governor of Colonial Kenya during the 1952 Mau Mau uprising and the resultant overflow on to the streets of poor and destitute Mau Mau orphans.
The first 17 boys entered the school from Kariokor Rescue Centre, Nairobi, and it was established in two tin huts donated by Kenya Shell and BP in 1959. After a few months it moved to its current location at Starehe, Nairobi.
Starehe and Brookhouse School are the only African schools south of the Sahara and north of the Limpopo distinguished as Round Square members. Without any doubt Starehe has a very good history, known for its thorough teaching and also for working greatly towards producing a better problem solvers in Kenya and world at large. It came as a pretty shocking blow to both the teachers and the pupils when her name was mentioned as one the schools that cheated in the exam that took place in 2014.
On the other hand, Mang’u High School is a Kenyan Roman Catholic National High School founded in 1925, situated in Kiambu County along the Nairobi-Thika Highway six kilometres from Thika, Kenya. It was the first school in Kenya to introduce Aviation Technology as an examination subject. In 1961, Michael Stimac started the Amateur Radio Club, Electronics Club and Air Program.
Mang’u High School is ranked among the top schools nationwide in Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education and has many great and famous formal male pupils including one Kenyan president and several vice presidents.
So it really came as a big slap to the face of many especially for the fact that these schools were among the schools ranked as the most prestigious schools in Kenya.
While releasing the results, Education CS Prof Jacob Kaimenyi refused to disclose the names of the five schools whose results have been cancelled.
Maranda School however made a return to the top making it to the second position after Alliance High School.
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However, it really paved way for some other schools to make it to the top of the list of best schools in Kenya for 2015 ranking. But the big question is; would these schools linked with exam malpractice clear all doubts next time? They better make that up before we lose hope on them.
Anyway, Here Are The Recent Top Ten Kenyan Schools of 2015:
1. Alliance Boys High School – 11.412 came first
2. Maranda Boys High School – 11.4101
3. Maseno School – 11.369
4. Kabarak High School – 11.3143
5. Chavakali Boys High School – 11.3021
6. Kapsabet Boys High School – 11.254
7. Precious Blood Riruta Girls School – 10.9428
8. Strathmore High School – 10.8524
9. Maryhill Girls High School-10.8244 10.Nairobi School – 10.8194