Olympic Primary School

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The Olympic Primary School is a government-run primary school in Kenya. It is located in Kibera, a slum district in the capital Nairobi. The school was established in 1980. Over the ensuing years the school was successful in national examinations and thus attracted pupils from all social classes, from millionaires families, middle-classes, working classes and the penniless slum dwellers.

The school is partly funded by the British government and consistently places near the top of Kenya's school league tables. It received a visit from British Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown in January, 2005. The aim of the visit was to learn about the effects of the 2003 introduction of free primary schooling.

There were some 1,700 students at the school prior to 2003. Some 5000 students attempted to enroll at the time that school fees were abolished, but not all could be accommodated. In 2005, enrollment was approximately 2,200. Last year, in 2015, enrollment was 1780 boys and 1787 girls for a total of 3567 students, approximately evenly divided across all 8 class levels.

In January, 2016, enrollment was 1983 boys and 2063 girls, for a total of 4046 students. Now, in March, we have increased to 4125 students.

On Thursday, March 24, 2016, we inaugurated 20 new classrooms, bringing us to 45 classrooms. We still stand at almost 100 students per classroom.

Our performance on the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations in November have improved each year for the last five years. This year, we reached a new record of 420 students sitting the exam, and a new high average score over the past five years of 295.14.

Year Number of Pupils Total Mean Average School Average Position in Nairobi County
1995 195 486.31 69.49 1
1996 196 476.16 68.02 1
1997 193 463.59 66.23 1
1998 124 484.84 69.26 1
1999 185 470.96 67.28 1
2000 185 472.04 67.43 1
2001 191 354.36 70.87 1
2002 201 344.71 68.94 4
2003 168 345.03 69.01 3
2004 178 348.80 69.76 2
2005 212 342.43 68.50 3
2006 204 344.57 68.50 3
2007 255 321.06 64.21 8
2008 231 297.72 59.54 -
2009 249 311.60 62.32 10
2010 308 299.84 59.83 15
2011 293 289.20 57.82 18
2012 318 290.35 58.07 -
2013 398 282.45 56.49 -
2014 420 285.13 57.03 -
2015 420 295.14 59.03 -

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