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