By Pius Maundu
Students in a public school that stunned top performing schools to emerge second best in last years’ KCSE examination in Makueni County, are examined throughout the Second Term, the school head has revealed.
In addition, according to Ms Anastacia Musili, Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (Kcse) candidates at Kivuthini Secondary School complete the Form Four syllabus by the end of the First Term.
According to Ms Musili, this culture differentiates her school from others in the area, last year’s Kcse examinations results being proof.
Her school posted a 9.33 mean score, outshining top performers in the area among them Precious Blood Kilungu and Mukaa Boys’ High School.
The previous year, Kivuthini Secondary School emerged the second best school in the county based on its mean score behind Precious Blood School Kilungu.
Ms Musili attributed the good performance of her school to team work among teachers and the discipline and hard work among the students.
“Our candidates sit exams every single day of the Second Term after they are done with coursework to acclimatize to examinations techniques,” Ms Musili told Nation at her office on Sunday.
Asked, she said that her approach to preparing the candidates was not equivalent to grilling them for the test but rather it ensured that candidates approached national exams with confidence.
She said that the boarding school with a day school wing does equally well in sports, drama and music.
The mixed school located at the suburbs of Machinery trading centre was started in 2005 with sponsorship from the Kibwezi Constituency Development (CDF).
By the time Ms Musili took over the leadership of the school nine year ago, it had a student population of 21.
“Out of the nine candidates who sat KCSE in 2008, the best candidate scored a D+ and the school posted a 3.22 mean score,” said the Moi University alumni.
In subsequent years, the school steadily improved on its performance and burst its seams in population growth to 760 students in 2016.
“Our peak was in 2014 when we jumped from a mean score of 7.29 the previous year to 9.24, effectively beating Makueni Boys’ High School and emerging the second best school in the county after Precious Blood Kilungu,” said Ms Musili who once bagged the coveted Principal Of the Year Award (Poya) in Makueni County.
“Actually, we performed below our expectation in the 2015 KCSE,” Ms Musili said, pointing at a sheet of paper pinned on a notice board at her office indicating that that the school anticipated a 9.50 mean score.
She added: “Out of the 114 students who sat the national exam in 2015, five scored A- ( minus), 43 scored B+ (plus), 53 scored B (plain), 11had B- (minus) while two scored C+ (Plus).
“This year, we target to hit 9.4 mean score; we were over ambitious last year,” said Ms Musili who is enrolled at Machakos University College for her PhD studies in Academic Management and Planning.
A strict disciplinarian, Ms Musili is convinced that the school needs to restrict its admission to learners with 300 marks and above to do well in KCSE.
She pleaded with the government to post more teachers to the school saying that it costs the school to sustain 24 teachers it has employed to complement nine TSC teachers.
Source: All Africa