The KCPEs are the set of examinations which are taken by every student in Kenya once they get to the end of primary school. Despite ‘only’ being the end of primary school exams they are a very big deal in Kenya and can make a huge difference to the trajectory of a child’s life. The KCPE result is used to decide which level of secondary schools you will have access to (National, Provincial or District) and which specific schools will offer you a place!
This is obviously a huge amount of stress in a child’s life but we are pleased to say that Mtwapa Elite (where most of our children attend primary school) seem to get the balance right between encouraging the children to get good grades and not piling on too much pressure. They are able to do this by treating each child as an individual and setting achievable goals which stretch the child a little but give them a realistic target which they can work towards. If you ask any child in Standard 8 at Mtwapa Elite, they will be able to tell you what their target result is and how they plan to achieve that result – usually by ensuing that they score highly in the subjects in which they excel and being pragmatic about those where they struggle.
At the end of 2017 both Thomas and Emmanuel took their KCPE exams and completed their time at Mtwapa Elite. Both of the boys did incredibly well scoring well over 70% across all subjects and being given places at prestigious Provincial level schools.
Emmanuel is staying within coast province and has taken up a place at Emmanuel Kai’s old secondary school – Malindi High School. Thomas has opted to move across to the other side of Kenya and attend Orero High School, another well respected provincial level school.
We are obviously very proud of them both and I hope you’ll join me in wishing them the best of luck at their new schools.