Nkoile Boys is a public county secondary school located in the central constituency of Kajiado county.
After the last Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examination, the school managed to qualify nine students to university.
According to its principal, Peter Mwaniki, the school is standing out as a unique learning institution despite the many common challenges.
Mwaniki was transferred to the school in 2017 when the performance of the institution in the national examination was dismal.
“We have, in many ways, tried to open up the school to the world of academia but there is a lot to be done to improve our annual results in KCSE,” said Mwaniki.
He said he’s sure the school will improve its performance in the new future, as they are keen on improving their weak areas detected in both national and internal examinations.
He said when he arrived at the school, he realised it needed more improvement not only in academic areas but also in terms of development.
Just like other county schools Nkoile picks students after top cream in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examination have been selected and taken.
“When I came here 3 years ago, the learning environment was badly off, and I started by ensuring there was a conducive environment for learning,” said Mwaniki.
With cooperation from the parents and the area leadership, Mwaniki said the board of management started a journey to transform the school into what can be seen today.
“We started by fencing, adding more classes and renovating the old ones. The school has additional dormitories and a laboratory now,” said Mwaniki.
The school has 90 candidates for this year’s KCSE examination, and even though the school was in the second last position in the county, Mwaniki says he is optimistic the boys will do better.
Mwaniki says his second step is to instil discipline in the boys and to create a reading culture in the school.
“Everyone is a leader in this school from students to teachers. From that point, we need to build another culture of interdependence between the teachers and the students. The two can do better if they respect each other for the common good of the school and results in national examinations,” said Mwaniki.