It has been a concern that schools known to be academic giants are unable to post exemplary results. Maseno school and Ogande girls on the look.
For years now, especially in Nyanza province, Maseno school and Ogande girls among other schools could post impressive results. This made most parents to believe in them and thereby readily entrust them their children.
Years later, the schools have been on a downward spiral. They can no longer post the flower grades we used to hear times before, as much as high grade students from primary flocked in.
In 2015, Maseno school emerged the best public school in the region with a mean grade of 11.393. There were 140 candidates who garnered straight A’s with the least candidate scoring a B- (minus).
In the recently released Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) results, the school managed a mean score of 8.86, a drop from the mean score of the previous year(2020) which was at 9.77.
For Orero boys, the deputy principal in charge of academics said that the school has been recording improvements recently. The school had a mean score of 9.4 in the KCSE 2021 with six (6) students scoring straight A’s and another sixty six (66) students scoring A- (minus).
“The boys missed out but we are not in downward trend. We have still performed well. If you analyse results properly in Homabay county, we are still the best.” Said Paul Anangwe, deputy principal administration – Orero boys.
For Ogande girls, the chief principal Mrs Jenifer Otolo said that the drop in performance was contributed by poor infrastructure in the institution. She also noted that the girl child needs to be encouraged in order to perform better.
“The fact that the drops are there, the negative deviation, it’s something that has made us go to the drawing board and we’re searching ourselves.” said Jenifer.
In South Sakwa Bondo sub-county Siaya county, the people were seen celebrating their own son from St. Paul Akoko secondary who emerged the second best in county schools across the country.
County and extra county schools are slowly and surely scaling down the academic ladder. They are urged to refer to a quote by W. Clement that says, “Aim for the moon, if you miss you might hit the star.”
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