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Kenyan Student Best In The World!

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  1. Ab-Titchaz

    Ab-Titchaz Content Manager Staff Member

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    Kenyan girl beats world in English examination

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    Shiro Keziah Wachira during an interview at St Austin's Academy in Nairobi on Thursday.


    Shiro Keziah Wachira is extremely articulate, almost disarmingly so. She is only 16, but speaks like a person twice her age.

    The first time one meets her, one is taken aback by her eloquent and coherent speech, devoid of redundancies like "umm", "as in", "like" and "yaani" that characterise a typical Kenyan teenager's speech.

    "We only speak English at home. I read everything, and that's mostly due to the influence of my mum and dad. We have a big library in our house. I can't really say I have a favourite genre of literature, I give anything a shot," says Shiro.

    Her parents' influence has certainly paid off. The former student of St Austin's Academy, Nairobi, scored the highest marks in the world in English Language when she sat for her Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) O-level examinations in June 2010.

    She beat more than 420,000 students from all over the world.

    "The news was unexpected, but I was very proud of myself," she says.

    Her English teacher at St Austin's, Mr Frank Atuti, says she is an exceptional student and that her command of the English language is far beyond that of her peers.

    "I taught her for five years, from Year 7 (equivalent of Standard 7). She is very bright," says Mr Atuti. "By Year 9 (equivalent of Form 1), she easily got bored during English lessons, so I ended up setting special work for her at a level higher than her classmates. She would help me teach some of the lessons, and sometimes even mark work from the lower classes."

    Her teacher attributes her skill to her voracious appetite for books, saying that he shared all kinds of literature with her. They included Shakespeare's works, Ngugi wa Thiong'o's Weep Not Child, newspapers and magazines.
    "She reads very widely, regardless of genre, but her forte is in analytical skills. She is able to think abstractly, and is very clear in the way she puts things across," Mr Atuti says.

    He says that Shiro's writing is marked by expert word play and rich expressions.

    "At O-level, we expect fairly plain language from teenagers. I was always impressed by the way she used figurative expressions and descriptive language. I don't remember her misspelling a word."

    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Half of a Yellow Sun is one of Shiro's favourite books as she "enjoys fiction that is linked to historical events". The work is a fictional account of the 1967-70 Biafra War in Nigeria.

    The Cambridge IGCSE examinations are taken in 135 countries. Students at more than 2,500 schools around the world do the course.
    First Language English, in which Shiro excelled, is the third most popular IGCSE subject worldwide. But her talent is not restricted to English alone. She obtained two As and seven A*s in the IGCSE examinations. The A* grade is a score of 90 per cent or more.


    Would get very bored

    As a first language speaker, English is not that fascinating in class. In my French class, I had a classmate who was French, and he would get very bored. That's how I would feel sometimes during English lessons," Shiro says.

    Her father is a constitutional lawyer and her mother is an accountant. Her 14-year-old brother is in Year 10 (equivalent of Form 2) at St Austin's.

    Mr Mumo Mwendwa, the head of Academic Services Limited that manages St Austin's and Coast Academy, says that Maina Wachira is also an A-star student following in his sister's footsteps.

    "Admittedly, he has big shoes to fill, but we are definitely expecting big things from him," Mr Mwendwa says.


    Shiro has no ambitions of becoming a writer though. She is currently doing her International Baccalaureate at Aga Khan Academy. She wants to study economics for her undergraduate degree.

    "I haven't yet figured out what I want to do for my post-graduate course, but I definitely want to do economics at undergraduate level," the girl says.

    http://www.nation.co.ke/News/Kenyan+girl+beats+world+in+English+examination+/-/1056/1201986/-/4ydm6r/-/index.html
     
  2. SHERRIF ARPAIO

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    Congratulations!
    However, I'd be very impressed if this girl would have done the same for science and Math
     
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    this is great for her.

    but as the sherrif said, i would have been more impressed if it was math and science. but hey, she has achieved something none of us ever achieved so, CONGRATS SHIRO!!!!!
     
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    What an achievement.... Not only is she a girl... She is sixteen!!
    Very impressive and it has made me so proud as if i know her....
    Definitely the future Condoleza Rice or AshaRose Migiro...

    BIG Up Kiddo...
     
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    Sherriff bana... your Congrats with a BUT... Give the gal a break! She is 16 jamani....
     
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    Haya basi...nampa hongera, usije ukaangua kilo na ukazirai buree kama wale watu wa Tabora majuzi
     
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    Hapo nimefurahi Dah! Nilijua tu Sherrif ana personal reason behind....

    Ukataja Maths and Science while infact humaanisha hivo but other way around....lol

    For you and Kenyan Ladies.....
     
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    there is one or two things to pick out here!
    1- reading, reading, reading! tz kids and adults dont read any substantial materials.its either udaku or romance stories from shigongo! i have seen kids from st kayumba primary school fluent in english and u ar just like wowed!
    2-maybe this is from me,watching the right stuff! nigerian movies ar a no-no! kids should be encouraged to watch documenteries like how the world was formed etc!
    congrats baby gal, sasa ashadii seshakataza kukuzodoa kuwa ujitahidi na science, bt i believe you also doing something good though not outstanding in everything.mwalimu keshasema u ar intelligent,so we will swallow it for now!
     
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    one more thing, u ar also a cute thing girl. so let them salvating men keep on salvating,when u ar done with ur studies they will line up for a date interview, lol!
     
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    Congrats to her, however, she is not the best in the world. She is the best among 420,000 who did the IGCSE english exam.
     
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    Long live "GREAT BRITAIN"!
     
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    Good but she should make an effort to speak African languages.kikuyu or kiswahili are richer than english.p Beware of mental slavery lady.
     
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    Hongera sana Kenyan girl...
     
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    Utumwa utawamaliza nyie Wakenya mnasifia lugha ambayo siyo yenu hii kasumba mtaacha lini. Kwani nani alisema kiingereza kinatambulika kama lugha ya taifa katika nchi nyingine mfano Norway, Sweden, Germany, Japan, Tanzania, China, France, Italy etc.

    Basi warudisheni makuwadi wenu wawatawale maana ile ya kuwanyang'anya ardhi haijawatosha.
     
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    Halafu wakijachukua kazi zenu kwaajili ya umaimuna wenu basi msilalamike. Umuhimu wa English language haupingiki na English itaendelea kuwa global language whether we like it or not. Waswahili wanakwambia "ukasusa wenzio wala". Sasa nyie jitieni ooh ni utumwa kujua English, na wakati huo huo employers wengi bongo wanataka someone who is fluent in English
     
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    Hongera sana binti, unanikumbusha "mimi"...





    ...hao basi wataanza sasa hivi.
     
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    Wazungu oyeeee!!

    Wazungu kiboko bana. Yaani wametuaminisha kabisa kuwa ukiimudu lugha yao basi wewe una maakili mengi sana. Sasa kama Kiingereza ni lugha kuu ya dunia kuna mtu atakayebisha kuwa hawa jamaa ni 'superior'?
     
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    congratulations!!
     
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    FF bana...lol.... Mimi nili kumiss na nakuhitaji hebu acha kutega bana....
     
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    AshaDii, i missed you bad. Ile ndio inawanyamazisha hawa AshaDii, maana wataanza kunikoromea sasa hivi.
     
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