Teen rapper Mario TJ Kasela alias Trio Mio shot to the top of Twitter trends on Friday as curious Kenyans sought to know how he performed in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination.
The results of the 2022 KCSE exam were announced on Friday morning by Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu.
Cheeky Kenyans took to social media to claim that the "Cheza Kama Wewe" hitmaker had failed in his final exams after scoring a D.
But in an apparent response to the netizens, Trio Mio hit back at the trolls with lyrics from his latest banger, saying he has an "A in the school of life" and "won't lose sleep" because of "validation" from the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC).
The internet sensation, while bragging about his success in music, further claimed that the outcome of the exam won't define his future.
"Mbuku sishiki nothing in but kitu inaitwa mziki me ni mwalimu mkuu na marking scheme. Kama topic ni success niko na A kwa school of life. Ile KNEC watanipea haitawai determine food kwa table ya mine," Trio Mio is heard rapping in the video shared on Insta stories.
"Hater busy anaunda memes acheki kama zitaniaffect nyi wote mngekuwa na A mngekuwa civil engineers mnapigania kuget positions. Vitu ni different kwa ground…Intellect haipimwi na watu wa internet kwa cloud."
Trio Mio's mother, on the other hand, defended the teenager on her Instagram account, saying he didn't score a D as claimed.
"Kooo sasa sitabreathe coz KCSE results zimetoka?? Tulieni. The boy did his best and am very proud of him. And those speculating a D ….poleni!" the mother who doubles up as Trio Mio's manager wrote.
In another post on Instagram, Trio Mio congratulated the 2022 Class and wished them luck in life, adding that the candidates did their best.
"Congratulations to all candidates receiving results today. We all did our best to get to this milestone. Ndo life inaanza na nawawishia kismat in all you intend to do next," he said.
Earlier, CS Machogu said a total of 1,146 candidates obtained an overall grade of A plain, representing 0.13 per cent of the candidates who sat for the KCSE examination in November last year.
Of those who scored A plain, 875 were male while 271 were female.
The number of top scorers increased by 308 compared to 1,138 candidates who scored A plain in 2021.
Some 6,407 candidates scored A- (minus) in the 2022 exams compared to 5,973 candidates who obtained A- in 2021.
On the other hand, the CS said, the number of candidates with minimum university entry qualification of Grade C+ and above rose to 173,345 (19.03%) in the year 2022 KCSE examination compared to 145,776 (17.55%) in 2021.
The number of candidates with a mean grade D+ and above in the 2022 KCSE Examination is 522,588 (59.14%) compared with 442,251 (53.29%) in 2021.
The CS also noted that the number of students who scored grade E in 2022 declined significantly to 30,822 (3.49%) despite the increase in candidature, compared with 46,151 (5.56%) in 2021.
"This clearly leads us to conclude that most of the candidates scored grades of higher quality. Most significantly, all the remaining candidates are legible to join TVET institutions, Teacher Training Colleges, Medical Training Colleges and other tertiary learning institutions for various courses," the CS said.
A total of 881,416 candidates sat for the 2022 KCSE exams. Out of these 443,644 were male while 437,772 were female.