Judge the qual­ity of a school by merit, not name or lo­cale

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - 9 -

We re­fer to a story in the Daily Na­tion of De­cem­ber 6, 2018 that men­tioned a Ny­eri girl who was said to be un­happy about be­ing se­lected to join Mbooni Girls Se­condary School when she had hoped to join Kenya High School.

The story seems to sug­gest that Mbooni Girls is in­fe­rior to Kenya High. Fur­ther, it im­plied that the girl was "heart­bro­ken" by virtue of be­ing called to Mbooni Girls rather than to her first choice.

We would like to set the record straight about the school on be­half of the Board of Man­age­ment of Mbooni Girls. Mbooni Girls is a Catholic Church-spon­sored na­tional school lo­cated in Makueni County, and not Machakos as in­di­cated in your story.

The school's vi­sion is:

"To be an ex­em­plary girls' school in Kenya lead­ing in em­pow­er­ment and men­tor­ship of the girl".

Its mis­sion is: "To pro­vide holis­tic ed­u­ca­tion for mould­ing the girl child to be self-re­liant and to par­tic­i­pate in trans­for­ma­tion of the so­ci­ety". Its cur­rent en­rol­ment is 773 stu­dents, with 36 teach­ing staff (both TSC and BOM) and 25 non-teach­ing staff.

It is headed by a highly mo­ti­vated Board of Man­age­ment com­pris­ing 12 members nom­i­nated by the in­sti­tu­tional spon­sor, the lo­cal com­mu­nity, spe­cial­in­ter­est groups and par­ents through the PTA. The chair of the board is ap­pointed by the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, with the con­cur­rence of the spon­sor.

Though Mbooni Girls is not an ur­ban-based school, it has had a ster­ling aca­demic per­for­mance, with a mean score of 7.035 in 2017 with an en­try of 178 stu­dents. About 59.6 per cent of stu­dents have qual­i­fied for di­rect univer­sity en­trance and 93.09 pe rcent have at­tained a mean grade of C+ and above.

The school is among the top three in Makueni County and also fea­tures among the top 100 se­condary schools na­tion­ally. It has an ex­em­plary record on stu­dent discipline and an un­sur­passed ded­i­ca­tion from its teach­ing and non-teach­ing staff. It of­fers holis­tic ed­u­ca­tion and pre­scribes strong moral and re­li­gious val­ues.

To in­sin­u­ate in your story that Mbooni Girls is or may be in­fe­rior to Kenya High is not only mis­lead­ing but also of­fen­sive.

Re­porters and ed­i­tors should recog­nise that what makes a school is not its "ur­bane" lo­ca­tion but what kind of pupils it nur­tures and re­leases for ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion. For our school, the statis­tics speak for them­selves.

KCPE can­di­dates at Aga Khan Pri­mary School in Mom­basa at the start of the ex­ams on Oc­to­ber 30. Some can­di­dates have ex­pressed dis­ap­point­ment with the se­condary schools they were called to.

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