I had to get out of exam room and pour water on my head – top KCPE student explains how he tackled Kiswahili

By , K24 Digital
On Tue, 29 Mar, 2022 11:01 | < 1 min read
Screengrab of Betanold Mjomba, one of the students who scored 400 marks and above in the 2021 KCPE exam. PHOTO/File

One of the top students in the 2021 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exam has revealed the kind of hustle he had to go through to pass his examination.

Betanold Mjomba, a pupil at Hill Academy in Eldoret is one of the pupils who managed to score 412 marks and above in the national exams, an achievement he said he never imagined.

Speaking in an interview with Citizen TV, Mjomba revealed that he had to go through a tassel to score the amazing marks.

For instance, during the Kiswahili exam, Mjomba revealed that he was forced to move out of the exam room to pour some water on his head before continuing with the exam.

He said that he had to take the measure because he didn't understand some questions in the test and felt sleepy too during the exam.

"I remember when I was writing my Kiswahili exam, I faced a challenge in understanding some questions in the first part of the paper. This forced me to pray to God because at the same time I was also feeling very sleepy.

"I came out of the exam room and washed my face before I resumed my exam," he narrated.

He said that it is after he washed his face that the tension of writing the exam went down.

Mjomba is now hoping to join Mangu High School in Thika where he is also hoping to work hard to achieve his dream of being an engineer in the future.

Speaking on the pupil's success, the Hill Academy headteacher revealed that his school was able to perform very well due to the hard work and unity among the school's stakeholders.

"Our secret to performing well in the national exams is prayer and working as a unit," he said.