Parents urged to stop overlooking day schools
Parents have been advised to stop scrambling for places in boarding secondary schools while ignoring day schools.
Speaking to West media in his office, Holy Family Musembe mixed day secondary school Principal Mr. George Wekesa chided the tendency and reiterated that a majority of day schools had equal capacity to compete with established boarding schools.
“For example my school has been able to record exemplary performance in the KCSE examinations for six years running yet it’s a day co- educational school”, he bragged.
He said his school had managed to send a large number of students to public universities.
“Boarding schools pick the best students in KCPE and leave for us average and below students but all the same we manage to play our role and they end up performing in national examinations”, said Mr. Wekesa.
The principal noted that exemplary performance in examinations required cordial relationship among teachers, parents, students and the community.
He at the same time advised parents to ensure they provided equal education opportunities for both their female and male students saying that healthy competition witnessed between boys and girls in his school was very encouraging.
In last year’s KCSE examinations, our boys managed a mean of 6.8 while girls had a mean of 6.4 and as a school we had a total mean score of 6.67, I can say there was a healthy competition between boys and girls though we still need to pull up our socks and improve on our results,” said Mr. Wekesa.
Over 25 students out of 47 who sat their KCSE examinations at the school last year attained mean grades that would enable them join public universities with the top male student recording grade B plus while the top female managed a B plain.
However he revealed that poverty in the area was a major hindrance to education arguing that besides being required to pay only Ksh. 9,800 tuition fee and about Ksh. 7,000 additional for lunch per year most students still failed to manage leaving the school with huge fees arrears and also faced challenge in pursuing their education at university thus required help.