The search for the best pupil in the just released KCSE results is over. The crown goes to Goldalyn Kakuya from St Anne’s Junior Lubao in Kakamega County.
Kakuya, 14, defied all odds and beat 993,717 other pupils to emerge victorious with 455 marks scoring an A in all subjects.
She scored an impressive 99 in English and Kiswahili, followed by Science 88, Mathematics 85 and Social Studies and Religion 84 respectively.
In her victory speech, Kakuya, a special student, said she expected to pass the examination “but not to this extent”. She is torn between joining Kenya High School and M-Pesa Foundation Academy.
She wishes to study psychotherapy and be a psychiatrist as she loves “talking to people and anything related to the mind”.
“I dedicate this performance to all the people who have supported me through my education, teachers, friends, parents and the school,” she says.
It was however not a surprise for the school as the teachers say she always took the lead despite her poor health. She is also hailed as being a role model to her fellow students.
Her father is a manager at West Kenya Sugar while the mother is a lecturer at Kibabi University.