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Little-known school in Eastlands outshines seasoned giants in KCPE

By Christopher Owuor
Monday, April 19th, 2021
Josphine Ndunge, Jupiter Academy director. Photo/PD/MILLIAM MURIGI
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Milliam Murigi @millymur1

 A small private school in Nairobi’s Eastlands has surprised many after beating academic giants in the area in the just released Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) results.

Jupiter Academy, a private mixed day school located in Obama Estate in Embakasi produce at least 10 students with 400 marks and above something the big schools didn’t manage.

Though the school didn’t manage to produce a top performer nationally, their performance is way above than some of the schools with big names.

The school, which registered 94 candidates, had the leading student scoring 411 marks out of the possible 500.

Though this was a drop from last year’s 421 marks, the number of those who made it to the 400 marks doubled.

“Little is known about our school, but we thank God for lifting us from the ground to the top.

We believe that next year, we will be able to produce a top student nationally,” says Josphine Ndunge, the school director.

She says were it not for Covid-19, the school would have performed better than that.

She says they never had online classes during the long Covid-19 break whereas their competitors were having online classes all through.

“We would have loved to have online classes, but it was not possible for our students.

Our school is located in a slum area and most of the parents couldn’t afford to buy the required devises to facilitate online classes. This left us with no other option, but to wait for the reopening of schools.”

Willington Ndegwa scored 411 marks topping the list in the school, which had 10 students with over 400 marks followed by Nella Aquinite with 409 marks and Joy Wangari with 408 marks. 

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