Society / Education
Sunday, 22 Jan 2017 14:01 EATrosemukonyo@yahoo.com
Muisuni Girls High School in Kangundo Sub County is the school to watch. Judged by its rapid growth, the private girls’ boarding school, which has been admitting bright students from humble backgrounds who miss out on admission to expensive leading schools, could soon join the league of academic giants in the Ukambani region.
According to the school's director Robert Thyaka, the girls in his institution deserve a chance to experience the same standards of education as their counterparts in the top schools. “I believe in empowering the girl child through quality education, and that is why this school was founded,” said Mr Thyaka. The school which was started in 2008 with only four students and four teachers has since grown to a population of almost 300 students with thirteen teachers and other support staff.
Given that rapid growth in student numbers, the school's physical infrastructure had begun to come under stress. However, thanks to the great determination and great initiative from the parents, the institution has managed to build more classes and boarding facilities as well as a fully equipped laboratory. The school has also acquired a modern school bus that is used to transports the students to activities out of the institution.
Over the years, the school which is in a secluded and ambient environment for learning has been having a high percentage of University transition where most girls have taken teaching and accounting courses. Some of its old girls have since graduated and come back to give back to the society by teaching in the school.
One such teacher whom I spoke with, Ms Zipporah Ndolo, believes she made the right choice by coming to work there as a teacher because she benefited from the school. “The school was so near my home and I could easily access it. I got the best education which has placed me where I am today,” Ms Ndolo said.
As the school aims to cater for the full development of learners, it provides several co-curricular activities including volleyball and football, both in which its students have participated in tournaments up to the county level. The school's music group has competed at the national level.
Early last year, the management added a primary section to the institution where a pre-school and class one classes were started having an enrolment of an estimate of 20 pupils per class.
Rose is a contributing writer for the Kenya Free Press, based in Machakos County.