Personal and educationalIn an interview with the Saturday Standard, the director said the school is committed to ensuring personal and educational growth for each pupil. In 2018, the school enrolled 26 candidates for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination. The school got a mean score of 359. Of the 26 pupils, five got 400 marks and above, with many of them being admitted to national schools across the country. This year, the institution enrolled 33 candidates who sat the just concluded exams. Mr. Oliech said they were optimistic the candidates would do even better than their counterparts last year. The Standard is our favourite newspaper. Through the programme, pupils have developed a great interest in English as a subject,” said Oliech. School headteacher Juma Ochieng said they are aiming at improved results in the upcoming exams.
“We are hoping to improve with double digits. We have worked hard and getting a mean of 369 will be possible,” said Mr Ochieng. With a student population of 401, the academy enrolled its first KCPE class in 2011. The learners have been sitting the examination for the ninth time this year. The NIE has caused a lot of excitement to thousands of pupils across Kenya, with many confessing how it has helped them create an interest in language.
Current affairsThe director noted that the delivery of newspapers in schools will help the community build on its knowledge of current affairs and also ensure that students learn a lot. “We had a student who joined us in Class Four and he could not read since we had picked him from the streets. We nurtured the child and at the end of his primary schooling he was able to attain a good grade that sent him to Rangala Boys,” he said. Oliech, who is also Secretary of the Kisumu Private Schools Association added that they run a ‘tracers’ programme that helps them track down former pupils and follow their progress in education. “We continue to mold our pupils even after they have left the school and joined colleges for accountability purposes,” he said. He added: “We have students who joined campus already but through our tracers programme we are still in touch and assist them where we can.” The school also has an integrated approach where it takes care of pupils with various challenges. “Here we do not call them disabled; we call them disadvantaged. We have children with autism and cerebral palsy, whom we mentor them to ensure they are able to school comfortably,” said Oliech. The school has a rich co-curricular programme has hired performing arts teachers full time to help nurture learners' talents. The secretary says the establishment of a studio is underway to help pupils broadcast children's shows. This will help them nature their own ideas as stipulated in the Competency-based Curriculum (CBC).