Darwin Omuse, 17, one of the top students in the 2022 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination in Kenya and the top student in Busia County, has every reason to wear a smile.
He has brought pride to his former school, Butula Boys’ High School, in Busia County, after the recently released KCSE results a few days ago by Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu.
He has also left behind a positive legacy that all and sundry would emulate in the learning institution and the community.
The student, who hails from Nasusi village in Kimilili constituency, Bungoma County, sat for his Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exam at Junction Primary school, a Nairobi-based private learning institution, in 2018.
He scooped 406 marks that eventually enabled him to be admitted to Butula Boys High School in form one in 2019.
After four years of a tedious and challenging academic journey, the focused, disciplined and determined student and his fellow candidates totaling 303, finally managed to appear for the eagerly-awaited KCSE exam in 2022.
His efforts and determination saw him achieve an A grade with an aggregate point of 82.
Apart from earning the learning institution a good name and putting it on the education map countrywide, his outstanding academic excellence shall remain etched in the school’s academic performance history.
His teachers, too, could not hide their happiness. He had made them even more proud.
Ken Olwichi, his Maths teacher, confided to The Scholar Media during the interview via the phone that the student was hardworking and committed to his studies and that he had been leading in all subjects during the exams.
“Omuse’s outstanding academic performance in the 2022 KCSE exam has surprised us.
This is because we, as a school, had unwavering confidence that he would undoubtedly pass the exams with flying colors. We are therefore proud he has eventually made it,” said Olwichi.
He was also a highly disciplined student-cum-team leader actively involved in soccer.
Darwin Omuse scored the following in the 2022 KCSE exam results:
Business Studies A.
The student says he would wish to recognize the effort of Mr. Fred Oyoo, his mentor and class teacher, who also taught him Geography.
Others he appreciates include Mr. Edwin Opakassy, who taught him English, Ken Olwichi, his Maths teacher as well as Madam Pamela Akinyi.
“I am indeed so much grateful to the above-mentioned teachers whose concerted efforts have enabled me to realize my potential,” said the student.
“Though my target had been to achieve an aggregate of 84 points, I am, however, pleased with what I have achieved and I thank God for that.
I also thank my parents, especially my mother, Mildred, for their support as I prepared for the exam. They had given me ample opportunity to study in readiness for the exam,” said Omuse.
Omuse further told The Scholar Media that he intends to pursue a medical course at the university.
Omuse’s mother speaks
“I had a lot of confidence in our son because he was a focused, committed and highly disciplined boy. We were, therefore, confident he would make it at the end of the day. We had no doubt at all.
Far from being committed to his studies, he was a God-fearing boy, respectful to both the teachers and fellow students. He always avoided the company of errant groups of youths engaging in lawlessness,” said Mildred.
According to the data availed to The Scholar Media by the school administration recently, six students scored straight As, 52 scored A- (minus), 92 scored B+ (plus), 68 scored B (plain), 50 scored B- (minus), 28 scored C+ (Plus) and seven candidates scored a C Plain.
University direct entry
Out of the 303 students that the school had registered to sit for the 2022 KCSE, a total of 296 students qualified to join the institutions of higher learning, with the exception of only seven candidates who had scored a grade of C.
These ones are eligible to join the Kenya Medical Training Colleges, Teacher Training Colleges, or other vocational training centers where they can pursue Diploma courses and eventually join the universities.
The mean score target of the form four class, a group dubbed the class of impeccable success, was 9.2.
To confirm its assurance, Butula Boys High School, at long last, achieved its target when it scored a mean score of 9.287, a deviation of 1.657 with a transition rate of 97.67%.
According to the school’s form four 2022 KCSE subject target grade seen by The Scholar Media, the prestigious learning institution had projected to score grade 8.0 in English, 9.7 in Kiswahili, 7.5 in Mathematics, 7.0 in Chemistry and Biology, 8.0 in Physics, 11.5 in History and Government and a grade of 10.0 in Christian Religious Education.
Others included Agriculture with a target grade of 10.5, 9.0 in Business Studies, 11.0 in Geography, 9.0 in French, 8.0 Music, and 12.0 in Computer Studies.
Apart from bookwork, the school’s academic stalwart also actively participated in sporting activities at the school, specializing in soccer.
“My key interest is in soccer, which is my greatest talent. I want to continue to specialize in the said game. I will ensure I utilize every opportunity at my disposal to nurture it,’ said Omuse.
In a parting shot, the academic giant urged the students of his alma mater to work extra hard so that they can realize their academic dream that would eventually enable them to lead a better life.
“I urge the students of Butula Boys High School and other schools in Busia County and the country at large to put more effort in their studies so they can score quality marks,” he encouraged.