A 16-year-old ended Kwale County’s six-year wait to register an ‘A’ plain for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exam.
Speaking on Sunday, January 22, Barke Mahsen celebrated and admitted that it took a lot of hard work and determination.
Mahsen, who took her KCSE exam at Matuga Girls’ High School, was the only student of 10,485 applicants in the province to earn the coveted mark.
Education PS Belio Kipsang witnesses witnessed the distribution of the KCSE 2022 exam materials in Changamwe Sub County, Mombasa County on Dec 5, 2022.
Ministry of Education
“It wasn’t very easy because the school calendar was compressed and we had to rush through the syllabus. I also had challenges to increase school fees,” she repeated.
Mahsen made Kwale’s government proud after paying her tuition fees. She has also revived her school’s long-lost academic glory.
Since 2013, no Matuga Girls’ student has posted an A-flat in KCSE. The teen attributed her success to maintaining a balance between her academics and leadership.
“I was the deputy president of the school and I knew I had to lead by example,” the KCSE top performer shared Citizen TV.
Meanwhile, in Kisii, a student who missed a grade to earn her college admission scored a B-flat on her fourth attempt.
Damacline Moraa first took the test at Getare School and scored a C. However, she wanted to go to college and chose to repeat her Form Four.
She sat on KCSE for the second time but still got the same grade. The teen then enrolled as a candidate at another school in hopes of other fortunes, only to receive another C-level.
“I knew the grades would get me a place in college, but I wanted to go to college. I knew my family couldn’t afford tuition, so I had to get a grade that would earn me government sponsorship,” Moraa noted.
On her fourth attempt, she scored a B, a direct ticket to university and a qualification to receive funding from the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB).
During her journey, she became pregnant and gave birth to a baby, who celebrated with her. Moraa hopes to study law.
An image of 2022 KCSE candidate Damalcine Moraa at her home in Nyamira Province on January 22, 2023.