Society / Education
Monday, 30 Oct 2017 15:27 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
Rosehill School, the modern co-educational academy in Migori Town whose opening was featured in the Kenya Free Press, held its first graduation ceremony last week in a colourful even graced by leading education experts. Parents, guardians and teachers exchanged ideas on the new school's performance as they ushered the pupils to the next class.
Chief guest Edward Obwocha gives a word of advice to Mrs Akelo (right and Mr Oloo).
The school which is a comprehensive basic education school comprising of pre-school and primary classes opened its doors to the public second term this year. Its graduation ceremony was graced by the chief guest, KUPPET national official Edward Obwocha, the school's founder and director Rose Akelo, the headtacher Kennedy Oloo among other dignitaries.
Some of the pupils pose for a photo.
The school, which was founded by highly experienced teachers, is offering the 8-4-4 system and enrolled approximately 200 pupils in this first year with each class having an estimated 25 pupils. Mrs Akelo, who has more than 24 years teaching experience and has served as a secondary school principal for the last six, says the vision behind the school was to raise a new cadre of scholars who will master not only classwork but enjoy the full experience of studying in a conducive atmosphere and contribute meaningfully to society.
The school based in Migori County has a sufficient infrastructure including 11 classrooms, an indoor sports room, a garden and a small field, and its directors have plans to expand and include its facilities to include a football field, a performance arts section, swimming pool and courts regular sports from January 2018. It currently has two offices including the director’s office, principal’s office and a staff room.
It has hired five teachers for all the levels of study, all of whom are suitably qualified, including four P1 teachers registered by the Teachers Service Commission and one ECD teacher trained at a Diploma Level. Mr Oloo told this newspaper that his team, which was very motivated, had been impressed by the good reception by the community, explaining that new schools normally struggle to register students.
Mr Baldwin Oluoch, a human resources consultant who set up the HR policies for the institution and hired the teaching and non-teaching staff, was also at the graduation ceremony. He said the school had implemented a sound corporate management system, saying its proprietors had set high standards for space allocation, staff recruitment and remuneration, and other aspects of institutional management.
Mr Oluoch was there to undertake a review of staff and institutional needs ahead of the opening next year, when the school would require more staff and phyisical facilities for an expended pupil population.