St. Peters Mukumu Seminary, produces the best 2011 KCSE candidate nationally, who wants to be a surgeon
Written by John Kabaka
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“I am very happy to have emerged top and now hope my dream of becoming a heart surgeon would be fulfilled,” these were the words of the country’s top KCSE examination student Job Nalianya of St Peter’s seminary in Kakamega County.
Nalianya becomes the first student from the school to lead the country in secondary education exams since its inception 75 years ago 1937 by the Catholic Church.
The ever quiet and almost secluded school perceived by many as a place only meant to prepare students for catholic priesthood on Wednesday afternoon exploded into dance and songs by teachers and students alike on receiving news that one of its 48 students it presented for the 2011 KCSE had led the nation.
The jubilation spilled over to the nearby Kakamega- Kisumu highway thereby causing a snarl up by the vehicles plying the route as the students danced themselves out.
Job Nalianya being lifted high by his school mates who were sharing his joy of emerging the best in 2011 KCSE examinations.
Nalianya, 18 had to be waited for to arrive at his former school for over 4 hours from his rural home in kibabii Bungoma County where he retreated to after the exams in November.
“I never expected to be the best in the Country although I expected to perform well in a single region, it happened that I led the whole nation, am very pleased, I didn’t expect this for sure,” said Nalianya.
“When we came out of the exam room people would say it was quite easy, but to me it seemed tricky and I did not expect to excel as it has come out,” he added.
He said that the results did not come on a silver platter but lots of investment in hard work and discipline.
“I dedicated most of the time to God and to my studies and that’s why I think I have done so well,” he said.
The 2011 KCSE champions said he wants to study cardiac surgery and later become a Roman Catholic priest.
“My aim is to become a priest but first I have to join university and undertake surgery before dedicating my full life to church as I want to be a cardiac surgeon,” he remarked.
On advising other students he said one should not be I a bigger school to do better but dedication, diligence, discipline and hard work.
Teachers attributed the starling performance by Job Nalianya who scored a straight ‘A’ to a combination of hard work, discipline on his side and teamwork by teachers.
“The boy was so brilliant since he was admitted here and we expected him to be among the top ten students nationally but not position one. He has, to us over-performed,” said the school Rector Very Reverend Fr. Jacob Wafula.
“He was a boy who every teacher would want to teach because was a bright student and self driven in all that he did while here,” he added.
Kakamega Catholic diocese Bishop Philip Sulumeti who is the school’s old boy said he was grateful of the results. Among other old boys of the school owned by Catholic Church are presidential candidate Wakoli Bifwoli and former Webuye MP Musikari Kombo.
“The best intellectual achievement is which leads you into wisdom and responsibly in your future and this based on the two keys to success namely discipline and hard work,” said Sulumeti at his residence next to the school.
It was the first time the school established in 1937 to prepare persons who would become priests produced the top student since inception.
It was also the first time the former larger Kakamega district, now Kakamega County has produced the top student in the country.
School’s director of studies Fr Anthony Ndondolo said had performed beyond its expectations given that it is a private school preparing students who would become priests. “We are impressed that we can produce the best in the country,” he added.
Western Provincial Director of Education Kenneth Misoi said that the province had performed better than the previous year.
Misoi said producing the top student in the country was a sign of better things to come in future in the region.
He attributed the unexpected performance on improve working environment created by a mutual relationship between teachers and parents and other stakeholders.