Physical facilities at Kahuhia Girls High School, which led Murang’a County’s girls schools in 2012 and 2013 in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary School (KCSE) examination, are too old and dilapidated for effective delivery of modern curriculum. The schools board of management chairman, Prof Muragu Kinandu says to create an enabling learning environment, the school intends to overhaul the physical infrastructure. Most classrooms, dormitories, laboratories, teachers’ houses, sports facilities were put up many years ago when the school was initiated by Anglican Church missionaries. Some are over 100 years old.
Subsequently, the institution has embarked on a Sh100 million fundraising campaign for the rehabilitation and provision of modern facilities. “A huge amount is required to expand laboratories, computer training centres, classrooms and teachers houses among others facilities,” he says. Speaking during prize-giving day at the school recently, Prof Kinandu said the institution has been in existence as an education centre since 1907 when a missionary, a Dr Crawford and his wife, established a school.
The humble basic centre has since transformed over the years to become one of Central Kenya’s top schools. As a result, a major fundraiser is scheduled for June 7 with a Sh100 million target. Parents and Teachers Association (PTA) chairman, Dr Joseph Lelon, has called for support from well-wishers to make the drive a success. He urges old girls, Murang’a County leadership and community to support the fund mobilisation initiative to help boost education of the girl-child.
He says the school is on the upward trend to join the league of best performers at KCSE examinations. Principal Florence Muthoni Ngarari says the 2011-2013 period, the institution has had most candidates qualifying for direct university admission through the former Joint Admissions Board to pursue degree programmes. In 2011, 110 candidates were admitted, 126 in 2012 while from last year’s candidates, about 135 girls are expected to be admitted for regular programmes in public universities.
The mean score rose from 8.856 in 2012 to 8.961 last year, which is attributed to the new strategies being implemented in the school’s academic programmes. Some 179 candidates sat for the examination last year, with 173 girls earning grades to enable them pursue university education. Only six girls scored C plain and C minus. The institution has laid grounds to eliminate grade C at KCSE in the near future. “We are set to wipe out Grade C through effective improvement in all examinable subjects,” says the Principal.
The institution has set a target of 9.5 mean score in 2014 . Subsequently, all efforts of the school community now focus towards this goal. “Key measures include delivery of student-centred teaching to ensure better understanding and absorption of knowledge. Teachers are directed to focus their classroom activities on larger benefits of the learners geared towards overall improvement of the students,” she says.
Visit: Kahuhia Girls High School