Top Most Popular High Schools in Kenya

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Which do you think is the most popular high schools in Kenya? Well, you might not have an accurate answer for now until you go through this informative article carefully.

The pressure of getting into the most popular high schools in Kenya has grown after the Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha released the placement information. Each candidate who did his or her KCPE examination this year can access this information through a platform released by the ministry. They can do this by sending a message to 22263 with the text being their index number.

Kenyan high schools are categorized into the national, extra county, county, and sub-county schools to be able to accommodate all KCPE candidates. However, there is a mad rush for the most popular high schools in Kenya as parents and guardians want to know if their children will join the best girls schools in Kenya, the best boys high schools, or mixed depending on the preference.

Most Popular High Schools in Kenya

Which are the best secondary schools in Kenya? There are various girls, boys, and mixed high schools in Kenya that students desire to secure a chance.

Top National Schools In Kenya

If your child has performed extremely well, then they will secure a place in a national school.

1. Pangani Girls

Which is the best girls’ high school in Kenya? Data shows that Pangani Girls High School is the best high school in Kenya if demand is anything to go by. At least 110,000 girls wanted to pick the school, which can only accept 336 students every year. Out of the 110,000 girls, 87,209 candidates sought it as their first choice high school.

2. Alliance Girls

By comparison, the once-top Alliance Girls is a distant number two with only 7,078 candidates picking it as the first choice. It also has a capacity of 334, two less than the Pangani Girls. However, it ranks slightly better in the total number of students who applied for a chance at the institution (92,067) in comparison to Pangani.

3. Kapsabet High School

This is the top boys’ school in the country with a total of 62,382 boys applying as their first choice. It has a capacity of 432 students. The school managed to edge out other best boys high schools such as Maranda (34,138 boys) and Mangu (6,385). However, it is crucial to note that Maranda has the highest capacity of students on the national level at 528. In addition, more boys actually applied to Mangu (86,976 boys) compared to other boys schools. The only difference is that not as many students prefer it as their first choice.

Other Top Schools Include:
  • Alliance High
  • Lenana, Nairobi School
  • Maseno School
  • Limuru Girls
  • Kenya High
  • Starehe Boys
  • Moi Girls Eldoret
  • Nakuru Girls, and
  • Mayhill

Extra County Schools

If your son or daughter did not qualify to join the top national school in Kenya, do not worry. Some extra county schools have produced students with better KCSE scores than many students that joined national schools. Some of the best performing extra county schools in Kenya include:

  • Moi Tea Girls – Kericho county
  • Precious Blood, Riruta – Nairobi county
  • Orero High School
  • Agoro Sare High School Oyugis – Homa Bay county
  • Kyeni Girls High School – Embu county
  • Mutira Girls Secondary School – Kirinyaga county
  • Metkei Girls Secondary School – Elgeyo Marakwet county
  • Kapsabet Girls High School – Nandi county
  • Precious Blood Secondary School, Kilungu – Makueni county
  • Litein High School – Kericho County

The Shift Towards Newer Schools

Earlier this year, it was noted that newer schools were doing much better than established institutions. Thus, the demand for the newer schools increased while that of the older ones has diminished. However, that is not to say that the older ones are undesirable as the above data shows.

It is also worth noting that there are limited spaces in these top schools. For example, this year, schools will admit 31,337 students compared to last year’s 29,000. It is an improvement but it is a small one and so most of the top performers will have to settle for other schools. For this reason, people have been advised to be careful in the selection of schools to avoid a scramble come January.

Now you know the top most popular high schools in Kenya and why they rank high on the list. Since each KCPE student chose 11 schools, there is a good chance that they will be placed in the schools of their choice. This was confirmed by Professor Magoha who said that more than 95% of the students got a school of their choice. As it stands, all form one students will report to school on Monday, January 13, 2020, and the admission exercise will run to Friday, January 17, 2020.

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