- St Teresa’s Isanjiro Catholic primary school does not need much introduction as far as the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) is concerned. The learning institution has remained academically relevant all through the years since its inception, cutting itself a niche as the best primary school in the Kakamega North sub-county. Our Reporter Andanje Wakhungu highlights some of the determining factors that have seen the school become an academic powerhouse against many other institutions in the sub-county.
St Teresa’s Isanjiro Catholic primary school operates strictly on the catholic faith and has been a force to reckon with on matters of education. The school enjoys support from the Catholic Church; it operates within the compound of the church which offers full and all-around spiritual uplifting to the teachers, pupils and support staff.
Confirming the exemplary performance, area MP Malulu Injendi and the sub-county director of education Rose Chisumi alluded to the fact that discipline has been a key factor at the school which has seen it continue to thrive academically all through the years. The MP who is also a member of the academic committee in the National Assembly hailed the continued exemplary performance of the school and the commitment the staff and church had put in place to realize such wonderful results.
“St. Teresa Isanjiro has made us proud not only this time but we acknowledge its academic persistent to stay at the top no matter the situation and they have proven beyond doubt that indeed they are the academic giant of the sub county, their result are genuine and traceable from their mocks and the trend is self-explanatory, and as the office we wish to congratulate them for the hard work and promise to work together for even better achievements in the coming future”- Rose Chisumi
“I am proud to be associated with these results considering that I belong to the same faith (Catholic), and I have witnessed the kind of efforts the school management has put in place to record these results, it is sheer hard work, discipline and teamwork that has seen them through all these years and soon they will be totally untouchable on education matters”.
On her part, the sub-county education director commended the good work the management and church as a whole had put in place stating that the results were a plus to the sub-county and a boost to the number of candidates joining national schools within the country.
“St. Teresa Isanjiro has made us proud not only this time but we acknowledge its academic persistent to stay at the top no matter the situation and they have proven beyond doubt that indeed they are the academic giant of the sub county, their result are genuine and traceable from their mocks and the trend is self-explanatory, and as the office we wish to congratulate them for the hard work and promise to work together for even better achievements in the coming future”.
The School head teacher Sis. Carolyne Wanjala says she could not have done it without the able staff that she has entrusted the pupils with. “The class of 2022 had a total of 230 candidates being the only one with such a huge entry but we had prepared them well for the task ahead and the effort from the parents, guardians and other stakeholders towards the school has been overwhelming and it is their high expectations that drive us to go an extra mile not to let them down at all and although the pressure is sometimes immense, it keeps us on the verge of our seats and always reminds us that we are expected to deliver and this has been our driving force, commitment all through”
I have an amazing staff; they know what we came here to do. Members of staff have vowed to see to it that the children leave here better than when they came in, and our learning programmes are all crafted in line with our Catholic faith where we have put God ahead of everything and I can assure you that our God never disappoints at all”. The Malava Catholic Parish Fr. Vincent Sanga who conducts spiritual nourishment to the pupils attributes the good results to God as he is the only one who can hear and answer such prayers from young pupils wishing to excel in their exams.
Fr. Sanga says the school has embraced the strong catholic virtue and enshrined them into the learning system where all pupils are required to pray and know God as their heavenly Father and Savior. This kind of upbringing does not only assist the pupils while here in school but in other spheres of life elsewhere they go, knowing they have a protector who always watches over them. It is reassuring to them in their endeavours.
According to the provision analysis conducted at the sub-county level, the school was 2nd overall and with a mean of 343.28 out of the 141 schools within. It had 121 Boys and 109 girls sitting for the KCPE exams, the school produced the top boy and girl candidates in the sub-county with 417 marks.
The academic powerhouse managed to produce 16 national schools’ entry-level candidates, eight of whom were Boys and girls scored 400 and above marks with 177 scoring between (300-399), and 35( 200-299) placing it at the helm of the sub-county top school. Out of the top ten candidates it produced five candidates at position 1 with (417), 3(415), 4(414), 8(405) and 9(404) with the boys clinching position five overall with 341.53 as girls took position 4 having 345.22.
The top girls overall saw the school sweep 8 positions out of the 10 starting with positions 2(417),3(415),4(414),5(411),6(409),7(407) and 8( 405) respectively. It also topped in three subjects English (69.52), Kiswahili (68.63), and Math (70.50) while Science (67.770) and SSTRE (66.86), taking position three.
The school further produced top champion girls and boys and was declared the top public champion school by the school head Sis. Carolyne Wanjala was declared the champion teacher respectively. Despite the sterling performance, the school which is attracting new admissions from all corners of the country is experiencing a shortage of infrastructure, including classrooms, teachers and land for expansion.
“I wish to call upon our able Mp through the NG-CDF to consider constructing for the school a storey building to accommodate the growing numbers of pupils since there isn’t enough land for ground expansion and the teachers service commission to deploy more teachers to enable us to be able to handle the growing numbers. “She urged.