Education stakeholders have been challenged to support schools address infrastructural challenges.
This, according to St Mary’s Nyamagwa Girls’ High School principal, Mellen Nyambeki, will contribute in improving the performance of the schools.
Speaking to The Scholar yesterday, Nyambeki said that inadequate dormitories, classrooms, libraries and laboratories were posing a challenge to schools.
She said the challenges should be addressed for schools to post impressive results.
“We have many challenges which need to be addressed following the high number of students we admitted in the spirit of the 100% primary to secondary transition,” Nyambeki said.
The school’s enrolment rose from 385 to 863 students this year.
She urged stakeholders to help the school build more structures to make the learners more comfortable.
She said lack of enough teachers had made the Board of Management to employ more on BOM terms.
This has ballooned the wage bill of the school.
“We have 20 TSC teachers and have recruited 15 more on BOM terms. This has escalated our wage bill,” she said.
“We are appealing to the commission to add us more teachers so that the money which is used in paying those employed by BOM is used to do other activities.”
The school started in 1974 and has seen several students go through it.
In last year’s national examinations, the school attained a mean grade of 4.1.
“Last year, we managed to score a mean grade of 4.1. 14 students obtained grades which guaranteed them places in universities,” she said.
She hopes the school will do even better this year.
At the same time, Nyambeki hailed Deputy President William Ruto who recently attended a funds drive in aid of the school.