South Sudanese candidate Stephen Lotiam is leading in Turkana county, Kenya with 418 marks in KCPE examinations.

Seventy-six registered candidates from that country did not write their tests following the Lokichogio school attack that left six students and a watchman dead.

County education director Pius Ong’oma noted tension after the killings caused the students from the South Sudan not to turn up.

But Lotiam managed to take the exams at Erait Academy in Lodwar

Teacher Isaac Makokha said on Tuesday that Lotiam was a hardworking student who eventually achieved his goals.

“Out of 66 registered pupils at Erait Academy, Lotiam led and was the best in the whole county.”

Makokha said they worked tirelessly with the students and that Elizabeth Njoki scored 406 marks while five others got at least 400.

“I am happy because it was not easy. Good teachers helped me,” Njoki said, adding she wants to attend Alliance Girls’ High School and become a journalist.

Source: The Star

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