The Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) results of the nearly half million test takers have been released and the first graduating class of OneLife Africa students have done exceptionally well! We are so proud of their hard work and thankful to God for carrying them through this incredibly difficult exam.
Of the 29 OLA students, 3 scored in the top 1% in the nation and nearly all were among the top 15% of test takers. OneLife Africa students scored an average of B+ while Kenyan students nationwide averaged a C-. This puts OneLife students in a good place to attend university — something that will not be possible for the large majority of high school graduates. In Kenya, there is a very limited number of available spots in universities meaning that only the best and brightest are given the opportunity to continue their education beyond high school in the public subsidized university system.
Now that the KCSE results are in, OneLife students will begin to receive invitations to study at public universities across the country. Their results will also determine what they are able to study. During their last term of high school, students rank courses of study that they are interested in by preference. After their KCSE results are released, they are able to re-rank these preferences. They will then be invited to study a specific course at a specific university. Certain courses, such as medicine, engineering, and law, are reserved for the top few percent of test takers. This is another reason why the KCSE results are so critical. Unlike in many other countries, students cannot just choose any major they wish.
For OneLife students, this success means so much because four years ago most were on the verge of dropping out of school before OneLife Africa offered mentoring and tuition support to them. In their joy they have expressed gratitude to God, supporters, mentors and teachers who sacrificially gave, prayed and encouraged them through high school. Now they can start planning their futures and begin preparing for the next step. Please pray for wisdom as they begin revising their course of study rankings and for peace as they start to receive offers from universities. This is the beginning of another important chapter in their young lives and OneLife will continue to walk alongside them. We know that these stories of inspiration, transformation and hope are written because of sacrificial support, mentoring and dedication.
To the class of 2014, we want to congratulate each one of you! Your success is well beyond any expectations and we are incredibly proud of each one of you.