DEC 2014

24th September, Nairobi: eKitabu today announced the full results of Kenya’s second annual Digital Essay Competition which was conducted in cooperation with Kenya’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (Ref: MOE/QAS/VETT/621/(4))

As part of eKitabu’s mission to advance the use of digital content to achieve transformative educational outcomes, eKitabu invited over 2,000 public and private schools across Kenya to submit essays online atessay.ekitabu.com.  The Competition was open from April through August for two categories of students:  Upper Primary (Class 5 – Class 8) and all Secondary School pupils.  In answer to the question “Technology in My Education: Dream or Reality?” the Competition received 2,062 essays from 271 schools across all 47 counties.  Entries came from urban centers as well as remote areas of Kenya including West Pokot, Migori, Turkana and Mandera.

TOTAL ENTRIES: 2,062 (319% Increase)
•Primary School Entries: 1,397
•Secondary School Entries: 665

COUNTIES REPRESENTED: 47

SCHOOLS: 271 (287% Increase)
•Primary Schools: 95
•Secondary Schools: 175
•Tertiary Institution: 1

PRIMARY SCHOOL CATEGORY FINALISTS

FINALIST SCHOOLSTUDENT NAME
Thika Road Christian SchoolVanessa Ndirangu
Lavington PrimarySasqia Kerubo
Kwa Njenga Primary SchoolRhodah Agola
Drive In PrimaryJuliet Atieno
Flourspar Primary SchoolBright Langat
Maralal Primary SchoolCaleb Loisula
Westlands PrimaryStephano Wairagu
Mahmoud Bin Fadhil GirlsNuru Addulswamad
Karen C PrimarySinaidah Mmbone
Martin Luther PrimaryAmache Jackline
Drive In PrimaryOnyancha Allan

TOP SIX
1. Vanessa Ndirangu, Thika Road Christian School
2. Sasqia Kerubo, Lavington Primary
3. Rhodah Agola, Kwa Njenga Primary School
4. Juliet Atieno, Drive In Primary
5. Bright Langat, Flourspar Primary School
6. Caleb Loisula, Maralal Primary School

SECONDARY SCHOOL CATEGORY FINALISTS

FINALIST SCHOOLSTUDENT NAME
Starehe Boys’ CentreEmmanuel Kansio
Starehe Girls CentreSusan Wariara
Alliance High SchoolTito Yak
The Kenya High SchoolHope Chemutai
Asumbi Girls High SchoolRoseline Okemwa
Maranda High SchoolSamwel Opiyo
St. Joseph’s AlendoDaniela Akoth
Moi Forces Academy LanetMarybright Waweru
Mbooni Boys High SchoolAnthony Meikan
Mbooni Boys High SchoolAmos Musembi
Mbita High SchoolSteven Nyaribo
Kagumo High SchoolDuncan Njoroge
Precious Blood SecondaryRehan Ali
Ngararia GirlsPurity Njoroge
Muthale GirlsLillian Patience Mbithi

TOP FIVE
1. Emmanuel Kansio, Starehe Boys’ Center
2. Susan Wariara, Starehe Girls Center
3. Tito Yak, Alliance High School
4. Hope Chemutai, The Kenya High School
5. Roseline Okemwa, Asumbi Girls High School

Major sponsors were Kenya’s Ministry of Education, HP, Mustek East Africa, MTN Kenya, Oxford University Press, Longhorn Publishers, and Elimu.  Prizes included scholarship funds for the top three Finalists in each category and computing devices for the top essays.  Competition Judges also gave a special Judges’ Awards to finalists in the following categories:
•Art Category
•Kiswahili Category

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