By Talarus Chesang
Tandui Day and Boarding Primary School in Baringo Central was among the top county schools after two candidates Evans Mutai and Fridah Mitei scored 407 and 401 marks respectively.
“Out of 125 candidates, 81 scored above 300 marks. We thank God for the good results,” school head teacher William Bowen said.
To celebrate the excellent results, Bowen took parents and candidates to Kabarnet town 15 kilometres away.
“It has been five years since we posted such good results. We thank God for remembering us again,” the school head said.
Top candidate Mutai wants to join Kapsabet Boys’ High School and become an astronaut, while Fridah hopes to join Pangani Girls to shape her dream of becoming an optician in future.
Mutai’s mother Mildred Kiplimo thanked the teachers for the good work and parents for standing with the candidates in prayers throughout the year.
“It was not easy scoring 400 marks. It calls for determination, hard work and self-discipline,” Fridah said.
They both attributed their performance to God, parents, teachers and the entire community who worked tirelessly to support them.
School Board chairman Philip Kurgat and class teacher Grace Kimwok attributed the results to team work.
Amidst all these, Bowen said the school recently encountered an acute water shortage, forcing the pupils to walk kilometres downstream to fetch the rare commodity, thus affecting performance.
When the media highlighted the school’s water crisis in 2017, area MP Joshua Kandie hurriedly took the challenge to help sink a borehole and went further to purchase a 52-seater school bus.
“We thank the MP for alleviating some of our problems,” Bowen said.
Bowen said due to rising admission demand, the school requires construction of more facilities like classrooms, dormitories and a library.
“We receive up to 300 boarding applicants annually but we only admit 100 leaving,” he said, adding that the school also requires a computer lab and WI-FI connectivity.
Historically, Kenya’s second president Daniel Arap Moi joined the school back in 1935 before heading to AIC Mission Primary School in Kabartonjo, Baringo North.