Mandera county has recorded its first A in the 2014 KCSE exams.
Ibrahim Abdi Ali ,18, who attained 81 points, was the best performing student in the North Eastern region.
Ali, who comes from a family of 13, sat his exams at Sheikh Ali High School in Rhamu town.
He studied on scholarship after dropping out Mandera Secondary School due to the lack of school of fees.
“I had many restless days and sleepless nights filled with extensive reading, I am happy it paid off and I thank God for giving me this grade,” he said at the school on Wednesday.
“I want to do medicine and surgery so as to help in the transformation of the health sector and serve the people of Mandera.”
Ali works as an untrained teacher of Biology and Chemistry at Towfiiq Secondary School. He teaches a class of 60.
He said he hopes there will be no other clashes in Rhamu and that the North Eastern region will enjoy peace.
“We can be number one in the entire nation,” he noted.
More than 1,000 teachers posted to Mandera, Wajir and Garissa counties are yet to report back to work following a strike over insecurity.