Gladys Shollei talks about her scholastic challenges, saying, “I used to rank last in school.”

ByBizhack Editorial

Jan 9, 2024
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  • Gladys Boss Shollei, National Assembly Deputy Speaker, shared her academic struggles during primary school and early secondary school years.
  • She initially ranked bottom in her class and started secondary school with low grades (C and D).
  • Despite early challenges, Shollei completed her education with high performance, achieving an A in the KCSE exam.
  • She emphasized that poor academic performance should not determine one’s future, highlighting opportunities in TVETs and colleges


Speaking during the release of the 2023 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) results, National Assembly Deputy Speaker Gladys Boss Shollei revealed how she struggled academically during her primary school years. The Uasin Gishu County Woman Representative revealed she used to rank bottom in her class. The situation escalated to secondary school at Loreto Convention School, where she started as a C and a D student. Nevertheless, through determination, she completed her education and finished strong as an A student in the KCSE exam.

”When I did my CPE, I was at the bottom of my class; I had the lowest marks at Hills School, Eldoret, that year. Totally at the bottom. In fact, I could not get a place at the secondary school,” she said. “But because my sister was already at Loreto Convention School, the nuns decided to let me go to school just to keep us together, and by the time I finished at Loreto, I was at the top of my class,” she disclosed.

She urged students who did poorly to not let their performance determine their future, saying,

“Even those students at the bottom, remember you have the opportunity to go to TVETs and colleges, and eventually, you might make your way to be a professor,” she continued.

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Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu announced the results of the 2023 KCSE exams, stating that 446,143 candidates received a score between D Plus and D Minus and that 494,317 students received a score of D or lower. This indicates that there were more Ds and Es in the 2023 KCSE exams than there were in the 2022 examinations, with 489,081 students receiving D or lower.