Some secondary schools in Murang’a County, marred by unrests in the recent past have defied odds to register improved results compared to last year.
The schools which witnessed loss of property worth millions of shillings, improved slightly after the students were taken through guidance and counseling sessions after the incidents.
By mid-year, burning of school dormitories rocked some secondary schools in the county leading to arrest of some students.
Makuyu Girls School where dormitories were torched has registered a slight improvement after attaining a mean of 4.77 up from 4.73 attained in 2017.
Similarly, Dr. Kiano Boys located in Kangema Sub County which also suffered a big loss after a dormitory was burnt also improved by clocking a mean of 3.7 compared to 2.9 last year.
The school which experienced a wave of student unrest in the past has managed to send to 7 students to university this year.
Other schools which also experienced a wave of unrest included Ichagaki Boys School which posted a mean of 5.61 from 4.69 in 2017. St. Paul’s Gathukiini Secondary school improved slightly by clocking 3.38 up from 3.13 in the previous year.
The Principal Dr. Kiano secondary school Paul Thang’wa lauded counseling sessions organized by stakeholders which ultimately prepared students for the examinations.
He said after the learners were engaged in thorough interactive sessions, they opted to shun acts of indiscipline and embrace vigorous revision.
“The student unrest caused the school to lose a dormitory worth Sh1.4 million after it was razed down. It was recovering the loss but we have tried our best to put everything in place,” added Thang’awa.
He said, “Our parents fully cooperated with teachers after the incident. What happened remains in the past as we now focus ahead.”
Elsewhere, Ichagaki boys Principal Mr. John Chege appreciated the results though the unrest caused the school to drop.
However, notes that they are working hard to ensure the school goes back to its former position in achieving better results in future.
Meanwhile, the number of students from the region joining university is set to rise following impressive results posted by various schools.
Murang’a High school, despite a declining mean score of 8.5 to 8.4 will see 255 candidates out of its 314 candidates join university, while in Mumbi Girls 69 out 181 entrants qualified to for the next level.
Njiiri Boys High School will take 346 students to pursue degree courses, while another 198 from Kahuhia Girls attained university grades.
Kiaguthu Boys School will take 125 students to the university as compared to 85 of last year.
At Mioro secondary school, 18 students will join university, including the celebrated Josephat Kamau Mwangi who managed A- after having joined the school with a paltry 278 marks in KCPE.
Little known Karega secondary school will take 52 students to the university after it posted a mean of 5.605 up from the previous of 5.1.
By Bernard Munyao