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Sunday, 15 March 2015

Poor exam grades leave heads in mess

Two principals of high schools in Kakamega county are among the heads facing rejection and could soon be ejected from their stations if the current talks is within the education stakeholders is anything to go by.
Friends School Malava Boys principal Daniel Mwachi and his Malava Girls counterpart Brigid Kamaga in Kakamega North subcounty might not survive the storm by the stakeholders who say they have not delivered to their expectation considering the status of their schools.
 In a subcounty where over 2571 candidates sat for the last years Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education no school managed an A plain and there were only seven A minuses which were produced by four schools namely Malava Boys with four, Silungai Boys one, St Anthony Kakoyi one and Ikoli Secondary one a thing that has not only not gone down well with parents and politicians but has also left the education office shaking heads.
Despite the high entry mark, 300, requirement for one to join Malava Boys, and registering a total of 151 candidates, only a paltry 21 will directly join local universities with the rest opting for parallel programmes and technical colleges as parents cry foul of the high fees charged by the institution.
“The school that is situated on a 40-acre piece of land and has all the needed facilities a school should have should have performed much better than this,” said parents who sought anonymity. 
On the other hand Friends Malava Girls has lost the one time regained glory after it only produced two candidates for  entry in public university and out of the 150 registered candidates more than 27 scored D+ and below.
It is on these grounds that stakeholders are left wondering whether the two principals must be left to record dismal results and ruin the lives of innocent students who came to pursue their dreams of becoming professionals in future but who only end up in lower cadres as their grades do not give them chances to good careers.
As parents and stakeholders continue to argue on the fate of the two we established they have a chain of connection in the education sector that makes it hard for them to be transferred and they can only initiate their transfers from their stations.
Also, political inclinations have been determining their stay not minding their educational activities.
Also facing rejections are principals of Kimangeti Robert Lumbasi, Grace Shuma of Shamoni Secondary, Tande’s John Lusamamba who registered the highest number of D pluses and below and Es.
Surprisingly, they were moving majestically in town some of them promising to fill the pockets of education officers with what they referred to as protection fee to allow them continue staying in their various stations.
Kimang’eti principal had reportedly concentrated in paying the school bus debt and whether it was a necessity for good performance remains a puzzle.   
He is blaming all the predicaments on indisciplined candidates.
The Shamoni principal wonders why she has not been transferred long after she requested for it as she was straining in commuting to and from school that is more than 10 kilometres from her home in Matete.
Out of the 89 candidates 68 scored D+ and below with only one scoring a B+.
Of the 42 schools within the subcounty only 38 candidates will make it to direct university entry with the little Silungai Boys under Enock Andanje recording seven varsity cutoffs.
The schools that recorded good performance despite lacking facilities  and being day and boarding were Silungai Boys and Girls managed by Georgina Achieng although we established that the management of the girls has been forcing students to repeat in Form Three or move from the school as they had set a limit for one to move to Fourth Form.
The district staffing officer William Chepkwony says that the district will have to go back to the drawing board which will see a reshuffle and even demotions of some heads.