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Charles Onyari: Principal Of Nyambaria High School Where The Last Student Had A B Plain

Nyambaria High School is a top performing high school located in Nyamira County of Kenya.

The national school hit headlines or the better part of Friday, January 20, after registering impressive results in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination.

This is not the first time the school is in the limelight, in 2020, Nyambaria made headlines after producing the best student in the region.

The school is currently headed by Charles Onyari who recently took over from Boaz Owino.

Here is the story as told by WoK.

Nyambari High School

Nyambaria High School is a Seventh-Day Adventist (SDA) school that was established in 1966 as a small school with few dormitories.

Over the years, the school has grown considerably since then to have a a student population of over 2,200 students.

As of 2020, the school has a computer library, a capacity library, a woodwork shop, 21 classrooms, three laboratories and 14 dormitories among other facilities.

The school is also actively engaged in co-curriculum activities having reached national levels in music, drama, rugby, indoor games and science congress.

Other co-curriculum activities include basketball, handball, football, volleyball and tennis.

KCSE performance

In the 2022 KCSE exams, the school managed to pull a mean score of 10.9, the school principal Charles Onyari confirmed.

Out of 488 students who sat for the KCSE exams, 28 of them scored straight As, 383 students managed A-, 76 students got B+ while one student managed a B plain.

“I can’t forget to thank the education office, my colleagues, neighboring principal whom we work together because we are talking about a Kenyan child,” Onyari said while speaking to the press.

The latest KCSE results was an improved from the 2021 KCSE exams where they scored a mean score of 9.3.

At the time, 580 students wrote the exam with 4 students scoring A plain, 79 (A-), 231 (B+), 130 (B), 77 (B-), 46 (C+), 5 (C), 4 (C-), D+ (2) and D (1).


Since it’s established in 1966, Nyambaria has had eight principles namely Charles Mokaya (1966–1969), Daniel Mosomi (1970–1973) and Musa Mokano (1974–1989).

The others are Lazarus Mainye (1990–2003), Robinson Otwori (2004–2016), Gerald Orina (2016-2018), Boaz Owino (2018–2022) and Charles Onyari (2022-present).

Onyari is the current school principal having taken over from Boaz Owino who retired some time October 2022.

Owino retired from teaching 34 years after he was first employed as a teacher.

In 2011, he was awarded a Head of State Commendation (HSC) title after his former school, Maranda Boys, emerged top in that year’s KCSE exams.

He would be later transferred to Nyambaria Boys’ School in 2017 after a long service in Maranda, Owino says he was reluctant to join the school at first but had no option.

Onyari was posted to Nyambaria High School by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to take over from Owino.

Before his transfer to Nyambaria, Onyari was the principal of Mwongori High School, where he served for over 10 years.