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To the victor go the spoils...

As the year came to a close the countries KCPE candidates anxiously awaited their exam results. And they came to tears, joy and pointed fingers of blame. While those who excelled in the exams were celebrated by their parents, piers and teachers those who failed were relegated to tears and the stark reality( and in the case of two girls: suicide)- that came courtesy of a statement by the education minister Sam Ongeri- that school heads were banned from forcing students to repeat the exams.

The examinations tend to inspire stiff competition not only among the student aiming to get placement in renowned government schools but also amongst schools whose aim it is to secure students for the new year, all this undoubtedly creates pressure on the young students eager to be part of the small group of students to gain admission to the top schools in the country.
As in all competitions there must be winners and losers and not everyone will be able to cope with the pressure cooker that is a natio…