Nyambaria High: Profile of Kisii SDA School That Stunned Giants in 2022 KCSE

Photo collage of Nyambaria High School in Nyamira County
Photo collage of Nyambaria High School in Nyamira County.

Nyambaria High School posted impressive results in the 2022 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examinations (KCSE), dethroning academic giants in the country.

The boys' high school based in Nyamira County stunned its peers in South Nyanza by sending all 488 candidates to university.

According to results released by Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu on Friday, January 20, at Mitihani House in Nairobi, Nyambaria High School posted a mean score of 10.8975, emerging among the best in the country.

All the candidates scored B and above. From the analysis of the results, only a single candidate scored B, while 76 had B+, 383 A- as 28 scored A compared to four in 2021.

A photo of Nyambaria High School's main gate in Nyamira County.
A photo of Nyambaria High School's main gate in Nyamira County.
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The results granted all the candidates direct entry to University to pursue different degree courses sponsored by the government.

In 2021, the school had a mean score of 9.3 

"Our class of 2022 was well disciplined, that is why we posted impressive results. I want to thank our teachers and staff for they were there when he needed them," Edgar Isaboke, one of the top students, stated.

Charles Onyari, Nyambaria High School principal, attributed the positive performance to stakeholders and support from the local community. Onyari added that exchange programmes helped the institution perform well in the KCSE exams.

Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, Stephen Maranga Mgoya, one of the alumni, stated that the school culture contributed to the impressive KCSE results.

"The school culture is anchored on discipline. Students are trained to strive in religion, education and even economical," Maranga stated.

Preliminary reports indicated that Cardinal Otunga High School followed Nyambaria High School with a mean score of 10.76, Asumbi High School - 10.37, Mang'u High School with 10.36, St Anthony High School - with 10.33 and Mudasia Academy -10.3.

Kapsabet High School, which emerged as top nationally in the 2021 KCSE exams, had a mean score of 10.1, while Alliance High School had 10.2. Kenya High School posted a mean score of 9.95.

Nyambaria High School History

Students sit for a Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examination (KCSE) exam
Students sit for a Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examination (KCSE) exam on November 6, 2019.

It is a Seventh-day Adventist school that was established in 1966. It only had a few students and learning facilities at its establishment.

But over time, Nyambaria school expanded its population to approximately 2000 students. It also joined part of the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s worldwide educational system. 

The school has 21 classrooms, a science complex laboratory, a computer lab, a library, a woodwork shop and 14 dormitories.

Nyambaria High School's performance has been impressive. Unlike in 2007, whereby the school was ranked position 59 nationally and position 5 in Nyanza province, the 2009s group secured position 27 in Nyanza province.

Besides their impressive academic record, the school participates in various co-curricular activities, including drama, rugby, music, science congress and indoor games.

The students are also involved in contests, symposia, discussions and excursions, contributing to the positive representation in co-curricular activities.

Some of the school's alumni include Dr Atunga Nyachieo, a researcher and lecturer at the University of Nairobi and Maranga Mgoya, a journalist based in Nyamira.

"We are proud of the school it moulded some of the great leaders and innovativors in the country, " Beavon Magare, an official from the Kisii County government, stated.