When Francis Mutune Kyalo scored 420 marks in KCPE four years ago, he was was upbeat. But now he feels assured that his academic stars are lining up in his favour after news emerged on Monday that he was among this year's top KCSE stars.
He scored an A- with a mean grade of 78 aggregate points, joining the small club of 37 boys who scored A- grades and above, according to Mr Albert Musyimi, the deputy principal at Makueni Boys High School.
Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha lauded the wheelchair-bound young man who was ranked among top ten performers nationally in the category of students with special needs.
His family's home in Mithanga village, Machakos County was a beehive of activity when Nation.Africa visited. Friends, relatives and neighbors trooped into the compound to celebrate the KCSE star.
The 21-year-old said that he expected the good performance, which he attributed to putting in long study hours, working closely with teachers and his classmates, as well as the support he got from his parents and staff at the school.
"All the students, teachers and support staff at the school were my friends. They used to help me move from one point to another whenever necessary," he told Nation.Africa in an interview.
"I am planning to study aeronautical engineering at the Technical University of Kenya," he added.
His mother Jane Kyalo celebrated his good performance.
"We used to guide him properly to ensure that he completed his homework on time," she said.
The school attributed his performance to hard work and discipline.