Former Principal Bunyore, Lugulu dies

The late Priscilla Were was a gifted administrator.

Former Principal of Bunyore and Lugulu high schools Priscilla Were has died.

Pricilla studied at St Annes Kisoko High School in Nambale Sub-County, and later attained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from the University of Nairobi, then her teaching career formally commenced.

Being a gifted administrator, in September 1973, she was appointed Deputy Head Mistress of Butere Girls High School that was located in the then Western Province.

She was later promoted to Bunyore Girls High as the head of school from January 1974 to April 1992 before moving to Lugulu Girls High in May 1992 as the Principal where she served for 12 years and eight months.

Priscilla retired in December 2004 and later served with the Teachers Service Commission as a Commissioner.


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“In 2002 when I was in Form Four at Mundika High under her brother Peter Ouma Obwogo, I came face to face with her at Lugulu Girls where she was in charge. Obwogo had taken us to Lugulu for academic benchmark. Discipline, time management and academic consciousness were key at the school. Madam Were was tough, principled and high handed in the execution of her duties. During her tenure at Lugulu the school maintained a sterling academic performance,” one of the Facebook users eulogized her.

Priscilla Were served at Bunyore Girls for 17 years.

Bunyore Girls was established by the Cramers Missionaries from South Africa as a commercial training centre in 1905. Religion, Arithmetic, English, Vernacular and Needlework besides living together as Christians then teach Sunday school in nearby villages.

By 1944, it was a fully-fledged primary and intermediate school incorporating a nearby boys’ school, but the boys were later shifted to what is today’s Kima Primary School in 1952.

Notable alumni of the school include Alice Amwomo Wako, the mother of former Busia senator and former attorney-general Amos Wako was moulded and fell in love with teaching and later taught there with her hubby, Daniel Wako.

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