A step at a time for St Philip Ebwaliro as it inches forward gracefully

Kennedy Amadi, Principal, talks to Form One parents during the orientation programme.

A step at a time is the philosophy that St Philip Ebwaliro Secondary School in Mumias East Sub-county of Kakamega County has adopted, improving steadily over the years to peak last year in both the mean score and quality grades.

With 47 entries in last year’s KCSE, they managed to send seven to university up from the previous year’s five. Its mean recorded a positive deviation of 0.41 to stand at 3.97 from the previous 3.54.

The school principal Kennedy Amadi noted that the improvement has been consistent from 2021 when it had 3.2, rising to 3.5 the following year and tarrying at 3.9 last year. They have now set a target of 4.5 in the 2024 exam, which they believe is achievable given the preparations they have set.

Form One parents, teachers and students mark the day with a photo.

The principal revealed that they have a class that is focused and purposeful, with cooperative parents who are ready to invest in their children’s education. He further said that the team of teaching staff is ready to go the extra mile to ensure that the school achieves and even surpasses their mean grade objective to transit more than fifteen to university.

The Head was addressing an orientation meeting of Form One parents whom he exhorted to support them in pushing the school agenda of providing quality education.

Parents follow proceedings of the event.
PA Chair Wilkister Webo.

The principal observed that because of the consistency in producing good results, the demand for admission had increased exponentially. The result has been to mount a lot of pressure on the humble facilities, hence the need to put up more classrooms, purchase more furniture, and expand other physical infrastructure to accommodate the ballooning population.

He said that although the school entry behaviour is very low, they aim at adding value to their abilities while uplifting them morally so that they can be useful members of society once they are out of school.

Deputy Principal Leonard Bukachi.

Pointing out that most students are from extremely poor backgrounds, he said they have had to come up with an endowment fund as separate initiatives of both the school and the principal to keep the less privileged in school for as long as is practicable. He asked well-wishers to join them in this programme.

DOS Moses Akungwi.

The principal thanked the Shikunyi Foundation headed by James Shikunyi for sponsoring more than thirty of their students.

St Philip Ebwaliro is an Anglican Church-sponsored 3-stream school with a population of more than 350 students. Dr Simon Mamadi is the Board of Management (BoM) chairman and Wylichister Webo is his PA counterpart.

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