Gitugu High School (February, 2015)
Gitugu Secondary School is a mixed day school located on the outskirts of Nairobi, about a two-hour drive away in Muranga County. It was started in 1999 by the community and is sponsored by the Catholic Church in the area to provide education for the children of workers on the surrounding tea estates. Students at Gitugu typically cannot afford boarding school fees or scored very poor grades from the primary school exit exams.
Gitugu had just 50 students and achieved a mean grade of D in national, secondary school exit examinations when it started. The grade has improved to C- and the student population has grown to over 300. Three students made it to university in 2014.
Ramani’s visit to Gitugu took place on February 28th, 2015. We focused on the senior classes of Form 3 and 4.
“The attitude of the children really changed. So many of them were without direction but they got direction from you. You can see so many of them saying they want to do law, they want to do hospitality.
In the current Form 4 class, we saw a very big shift in their scores. They went beyond the target we set for them. You have given our students direction.
It was a good day and changed the attitude of even our teachers. Most of the teachers thought that the school too small, they wanted to be transferred. Then they saw people from all over coming here! Even when teachers were on strike*, nothing stopped here, we continued working very well because the teachers want to help the students.”
– Charles Kuria, Principal (Gitugu Secondary School)
*Teachers unions in Kenya staged a five-week, nationwide strike from late August to early October, 2015. They were pressing for the implementation of a court-ordered pay increment.