School left empty over poor results for years

Entrance of Mathareini secondary school in Murang'a that faces closure over low enrolment of students. [Boniface Gikandi, Standard]

The fate of a secondary school in Murang’a hangs in the balance after parents transferred their children to other institutions citing low enrollment and poor academic performance.

Parents at Mathare-ini Secondary School in Kigumo took the drastic action after the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) transferred eight teachers to other institutions owing to low enrollment.

When the school opened for first term, parents withdrew their children, leaving principal Patrick Kamau stunned. 

Events at the school featured prominently on social media platforms, with residents calling for speedy intervention to save the facility from closure.

For four days, local leaders have held meetings in an attempt to save the institution.

Parents’ decision

The decision to withdraw students, Saturday Standard has learnt, was reached during the holidays. Last year, the school run without Form Two students.

There were 18 students in Form One and 13 in Form Three. The school had 26 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) candidates. 

When the school opened for its first term, the 21 students who were to proceed to the next classes failed to show up. Judy Waithira, a parent, said they opted to withdraw their children after eight teachers were moved on grounds of low enrolment.

The parents also cited poor performance in KCSE.

“Low enrolment has been a challenge but we have put in mechanisms to attract more learners this year,” a confident Kamau said.

“The situation is not bad. We expect that by next week, there will be learners in the school,” said Kigumo Deputy Director of Education Paul Kigaya. 

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