Nanyuki School has become the most desired school for Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) pupils after emerging as the most selected school two times in a row.
According to Education CS George Magoha, 156,003 candidates selected the school an increase from 154,524 candidates who selected the school last year.
One would wonder why the school which had 480 slots only would be the most desired in the country.
Interestingly, the school has a total capacity of less than 1,000 students.
According to a report by Nation, the improvement of the school’s academic performance over the past years is the major contributing factor.
Gitonga King’ori, the deputy principal in charge of academics noted that the school’s focus on technical support and training also has a hand in the massive interest of KCPE candidates.
The school that sits on a 53-acre land started in 1964 as a school for white settler children living in Laikipia and it was later, in 1969, registered as a three-stream day and boarding school.
At the time, the school has 35 students only.
The report indicated that the day at the school starts at 5 am when the boys wake up for morning preps and ends at 9:30 pm when they retreat to their respective dormitories.
The school principal, Oliver Minish said the students conduct their own assembly where students are allowed to make subject or club presentations.
Teachers take very little time to address the students.
“We have made the students own the school assembly, in that they do most of the talking and some even do presentations
“On Monday this week, during the assembly, the geography students made a presentation about the erupting volcano. We want to inject learning in all our activities,” he said.
Students also engage in numerous activities such as continuous assessment tests during lunch breaks to keep them exam-ready, with a minimum of four exams undertaken in a single term.
“We do target studying and testing. This means that we tell them that we will test Form Two work and that is what they read and we strictly test on that,” King’ori said.
All Form One students pick one technical subject from aviation, electricity, building, wood work, agriculture and computer which one can pursue to the final year or drop during the Form Two subject selection.
“The technical skills perform very well and in the 2020 KCSE exam, the first lot of aviation students managed a mean score of 10 points
“The 29 students in woodwork had a mean score of 11.5 points, which was a drop from 12 points in the previous year and the 18 computer students managed an 11.8 mean,” King’ori added.
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Benchmarking, capacity building, parent-teacher policies, integration of ICT in learning and the involvement of students in teaching and learning are also contributing factors to making Nanyuki School the most desired school.
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