Nyambaria High: Top KCSE 2022 School Where 411 Students Scored As
It also hit the headlines after a breakdown of the grades scored by its 488 candidates were enough to send all of them to university...
Nyambaria High School in Nyamira County stunned Kenyans on Friday, January 20 when it registered outstanding results in the 2022 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examinations (KCSE), more than the famous academic giants.
The boys' high school recorded a mean score of 10.8975 out of 12, which was the most out of any school in the country and which was better than last year's performance of 9.3086.
It also hit the headlines after a breakdown of the grades scored by its 488 candidates were enough to send all of them to university. 28 students scored a grade A (plain), and 383 students got a grade A (minus), bringing the total to 411, which represents 84.22 per cent of the candidates.
76 students got a grade of B (plus), and only 1 student scored a grade of B (plain). No student got below B (plain).
A breakdown of Nyambaria High School's grades in 2022 KCSE exams. /FILE
Last year (2021), the school had 4 students getting a grade A (plain), 79 students getting a grade A (minus), 231 students getting a grade B (plus), 130 students getting a grade B (plain), 77 students getting a grade B (minus), 46 students getting a grade C (plus), 5 students getting a grade C (plain), 4 students getting a grade C (minus), 2 students getting a grade D (plus) and 2 students getting a grade D (plain).
"In the class of 2022, we were well disciplined which enhanced our performance in our KCSE. I scored an A plain of 82 and would like to thank our support staff and our teachers for being there when we needed them," one of the candidates told the press.
"I thank each and every stakeholder including the neighbouring schools because we always share and interact, especially through the exchange program," Charles Onyari, the principal, praised.
Nyambaria High outperformed the likes of Kapsabet Boys High School which was the best school in the previous year’s exam. The school scored a mean of 10.1 this year.
Other notable high performers in the 2022 KCSE include Cardinal Otunga High School in Mosocho, with a mean score of 10.76, Asumbi Girls High School with a score of 10.371, Mang’u High School with a score of 10.36, St Anthony’s Boys High School in Kitale, with a score of 10.33, and Mudasia Academy, with a score of 10.3.
Profile of Nyambaria High
Nyambaria High School is a Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) school that was established in 1966 as a small school, with few dormitories but has grown considerably since then. It now has a student population of 2,200 and is part of the Seventh-day Adventist Church's worldwide educational system.
Presently, the school has 21 classrooms, three laboratories, a computer lab, a capacity library, a woodwork shop, 14 dormitories and much else besides. It is located in a hilly neighbourhood nicknamed "London" for its affluence.
Among the school's athletic facilities are football, handball, rugby, and volleyball pitches, basketball and tennis courts.
The school also has an active record in co-curricular activities having reached the national levels in drama, rugby, music, science congress and indoor games. The students are also involved in contests, symposia, discussions and excursions.
All students take religion classes each year that they are enrolled in. These classes cover topics in biblical history and Christian and denominational doctrines.
Instructors in other disciplines also begin each class period with prayer or a short devotional thought, many of which encourage student input. Weekly, the entire student body gathers together for an hour-long chapel service.
Outside the classrooms, there is year-round spiritually oriented programming that relies on student involvement. The following sports are on offer at the school: football, tennis, badminton, basketball and volleyball.
Some of the school's alumni include Dr Atunga Nyachieo, a researcher and lecturer at the University of Nairobi and Maranga Mgoya, a journalist based in Nyamira.
In 2007, Nyambaria High School performance-wise was ranked position 59 nationally and position 5 in Nyanza province. It was however the 2009s group that shot up the school to position 27 in Nyanza province.
Inside Nyambaria High School's compound. /FILE