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Headmistress with motherly instincts

Updated Saturday, September 14th 2013 at 00:00 GMT +3

“It has been 14 years serving as a head teacher, and I must say I have achieved great satisfaction. I love my work and dedicate a lot of time to it. What inspires me most is to transform the lives of students,” says Flora. To Flora, moving from Mbooni Girls to Machakos Girls was the most challenging time in her career.

“I was posted from a high performing to a low performing school, and many people wondered how I would manage. I must say that at first, I didn’t take it kindly. It hit me, but not for too long. God saw me through and together with the support of the students, teachers all went well,” she says.

Flora can now sit and smile for walking with Machakos Girls in a journey she detested at the beginning.

“It makes me happy to see the way the school has been transformed. When I walk around the school and see the teamwork exhibited by the teachers and the students, it makes me want to give my best and not let them down,” she says. “I want to make Machakos Girls an outstanding school.”

When she joined the school in 2009, its mean score stood at 7.9. In 2010, it jumped to 8.0. After the slight improvement Flora realised more could be achieved.

In 2011 its mean score hit 8.8. Last year, the school got 9.26 drowning the giants in the region. Flora, however, says that such an achievement comes with its challenges. Her typical working day begins at five.

Apart from holding the top most seat in the school, she is also a teacher and her subject is CRE.

Flora believes she has been put there to ensure every girl who goes through the school has a story to tell.


She also spares time to counsel and talk to the students and engage in extra curricula activities. She is part of the school’s netball team.

“Most of the times, I leave the office at around 10pm, but I am happy the long hours of my work don’t go to waste. I can now see the fruits of my labour,” she says.

So, what has been the secret to the sterling performance by Machakos Girls?

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