Parents Want Management Change at School That Had 60 Ds In KCSE

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A section of parents and locals at St. Josephine Bakhita High School Kiborom in Soy Sub County has staged a peaceful protest over recent poor performance in the recently released Kenya Certificate of Secondary School (KCSE) examination results.

The parents who locked the headteacher and deputy headteachers’ houses demanded that they be transferred, blaming them for the poor performance.

In an interview with the parents during the protest, they said the performance of the school had drastically dropped over time, from a mean grade over 7 in 2011 to the 3 they recorded in the recent 2021 KCSE results.

Past photo of Education CS Prof. George Magoha.

They insist that the school management must be overhauled.

We have held a peaceful demonstration because the results have been very bad. We have suffered as parents,” said Daniel Morionyo, one of the parents.

The board of management must be changed. As parents, we have sold cows and land to educate our children but only end up failing,” he added.

The parents say the school was performing well and has some prominent individuals, but results have been wanting in the last few years.

Some of the prominent alumni from the St. Josephine Bakhita High School Kiborom are the current Uasin Gishu County Assembly Speaker David Kiplagat, who is also the UDA nominee for the Soy Constituency parliamentary seat.

Uasin Gishu County Assembly Speaker David Kiplagat who is an alumnus of St. Josephine Bakhita High School Kiborom.

In the 2021 KSCE results released a few weeks ago, the school had six candidates with a mean grade of C+ (plus), and four with C- (minus), while the rest of the candidates have a grade of D and below.

We had 20 candidates with D+ (plus), 23 Ds, 17 D- (minus) and we also have Es,” said Nehemiah Kemboi, a local and youth leader in the area.

In 2011, this school had a mean grade of 7.8, but in the recent results, it had 3.7. The results have been dropping gradually,” he added.

The St. Josephine Bakhita High School Kiborom parents blame the school management for the drastic drop and are appearing for a change to be initiated by the Ministry of Education.

Caroline Saina is the school’s head teacher.

Some of the parents at locals during the peaceful demonstrations.

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