By Dan Nyamanga.
For many years, St. Charles Lwanga Nyansabakwa boys’ secondary school in Nyamira South Sub County, once an academic powerhouse, has been trending all for bad things, shrinking academically.
Many strikes and fire incidents dealt a big blow to the school’s growth.
The school, in the past, was a dream school and has produced great leaders who have served in elective positions like former Nyamira County Senator Kennedy Mong’are Okong’o, Borabu Constituency Member of Parliament (M.P) Ben Momanyi and his West Mugirango counterpart, Vincent Kemosi Mogaka among other professionals.
According to the school’s deputy principal Mr. Albert Mochama, the school is on its path to recovery and reclaim its lost glory, The Nyanza Barracks, as it used to be referred then.
“The school has had it dark past, we are now saying enough is enough and journey to reclaim the academic powerhouse status has just begun, we are determined to go back to where we used to be, produce more professionals for our country”, he said.
The boys have already shown signs of ascending the academic ladder after last year’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) results came out and the school was the talk in town.
In the 2020 KCSE results, 88 out of 94 boys attained the direct entry points to join various universities in Kenya a 93% transition.
This, Mr. Mochama said was as a result due to the discipline, commitments of the boys and parent contribution towards payment of school fees.
“The boys always consulted teachers, took studies serious and were disciplined always.
The priest was always close to the boys and offered prayers to them to the last Sunday they were in school, this brought them closer to God and we can all see what the prayers have done”, added Mochama.
He said, on weighing the capability of the boys, they set a target of 7.32 in 2091 while in form three and started working on it. They had completed the form four syllabus earlier and started revision before schools could close due to the corona virus pandemic.
“This is an history made in Nyansabakwa Boys and this clearly shows that the school is going back to what it used to be then.
We are now starting from this point to improve on the mean of 8.07 as we aim at 100% transition to university”, Mochama said.
The school whose population had greatly reduced due to non-performance is likely to have an influx in in form one in July. This Mochama said will be comfortably handled as the school has many underutilized structures which may accommodate high student populations.
“We have more than enough structures to accommodate big numbers and what we urge our parents is to bring their boys here so that we can mold them to better and responsible citizens”, concluded Mochama.
In 2020 KCSE, the school attained a mean of 8.07 and took position 63 nationally and fourth in Nyamira County.