By Elijah Nyaanga.
Students who scored below grade C+ in last year’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams and the other previous years have been encouraged to continue chasing their dream.
Addressing students and parents during education day at Hema High School-Chitago of Masaba South Sub-county in Kisii County, Prof. Nathan Ogechi, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs at Moi University, gave Form Four school leavers hope that they can be whatever they want to be in life, so long as they maintain their focus and be determined.
However, he challenged students to work hard and smart while they are in school so that they can save their parent’s agony of straining to take them to college.
“I can assure you, no single grade is useless. Even a student with D can be someone in life so long as they maintain the focus and determination. There are several programmes in our universities, but you can as well enroll in recognized middle level colleges and pursue a course of your choice,” he advised.
You can start from Certificate level; you ascend the academic ladder up to PhD level. Only the sky can be your limit. But this does not mean that students should be complacent, you must work hard so that you don’t overburden your parents,” said Prof. Ogechi.
He noted most of the students enroll and pursue studies up to Form Four before defining their academic life after Secondary education, an observation that prompted him to challenge school managements to put emphasis on career guidance and counselling so that students can make an informed choice in time. The academician who was the Chief Guest at the event, said the university (Moi University) would help Hema High School-Chitago to reduce wage bill of employing and paying BOM teachers through sending to the school students on Teaching Practice from next term.
He urged parents to invest in education of their children, noting it’s the only social equalizer and a catalyst against illiteracy and poverty, sentiments that were echoed by Masaba South Sub-county Director of Education, Michael Miruka.
The don advised them to monitor their children so that they are not radicalized and subscribe to misleading groups that will compromise their spiritual and academic performance. The school which is among 10 best schools in 2016’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams in the county presented 100 candidates with 63 of them qualifying to university after scoring C+ and above. The school attained a mean score of 7.168. The Principal, James Momanyi, applauded all stakeholders for their partnership that he noted had enabled the school to maintain an upward spiritual cum academic trend.
The Ministry of Education gave the school an infrastructural grant of Sh5 million and 12 computers towards the integration of ICT programme. Mrs Nyakiongora, wife to Eng. Moses Nyakiongora, the National Building Inspectorate Secretary, presented the cheque to the school from the Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Fred Matiang’i.