If 2022 is to attaining and obtaining, 2023 is to retaining and sustaining.

From the biblical sense, a school has three kinds of friends i.e Thomas, Peter and Judas Iscariot. Thomas is that friend who was there with you, running programs with you, doing common exams with you and going for academic seminars with you, but now they are telling others that your results are not genuine. Peter is that friend who denies you only because others are saying bad things about your results. Every school has their own academic secrets and Judas Iscariot is that friend who tells the whole city about your school’s secrets.

If you improve they will talk and if you drop they will still talk. Improve anyway.

Different cohorts come with different needs, mindsets and discipline. Don’t forget that the form fours of 2023 joined form one in 2020 January then stayed in school for seven weeks before the 10 months Covid break. I am not insinuating that the academic effects of Covid-19 are still there, am just highlighting that foundation determines pinnacle and basis determines climax.

If you dropped, this is not the time to point fingers nor start blame games during staff meetings. In contrast, this is the moment when unity is needed. Remember, a house divided against itself can not stand. If you improved, this is not the time for laxity nor moment to feel comfortable. Remember, your friend Thomas is around. If you drop in 2023, Thomas will have stories to write and narrations to give.

Sun Tsu, a Chinese General once said ‘Do not use the tactics you used to win a battle to win a war.’ In other words, better results require better strategies. If you do what you have always done you will get what you have always gotten.

Here are Proven Academic Programs to implement in 2023:

  1. Numerical Syllabus Coverage.
    Numbers never lie. Numbers should be deployed in syllabus coverage. Organisation is important, a teacher should know exactly how many lessons they will need to clear a particular topic. Every teacher should do syllabus clearance forecast. Most schools that improve significantly always clear syllabus early then embark on intensive revision model.
  2. Academic behavior.
    Statistically, the overall mean grade of the school is always the grade with the highest number of students. If the school got a mean score of 8.2 (B-), you will realize that B- was the grade with most students in that particular exam. The students should have the same academic behavior but the specific special groups should not be neglected.
  3. Preps Management Team.
    You will know the academic seriousness of a day-scholar by their walking style at 6:30 in the morning as they go to school. It the same measure, you will know the academic seriousness of a border by their sitting position at 9:30 in the evening as they conduct evening preps. Most students misuse their preps time either by sleeping in class, making noise or just wandering up and down. Preps management team comprises of teachers on duty who seriously monitor students during personal studies. The students should be studying the same topic, same subject at the same time to enhance academic behavior.
  4. Monitored Group Discussions.
    Truth be told, students like to be pushed. When left alone to discuss they end up discussing about irrelevant things. Group discussions only work well if the students have been told what to discuss, when to discuss, how to discuss and what to do with the answers after discussing.
  5. Lifestyle Audit.
    Content is king. Exams always test content. A student needs to master, retain then deliver the content. Now, this content is in the books in form of notes. Many students do not have notes. Many have excuses of getting lost or being stolen. Without notes, the student can not have content, without content the student will leave blank spaces and when a student leaves blank spaces the chances of failing are very high.
    Lifestyle audit is an exercise where teachers set a date to seriously check students’ notes in every subject from form one topic one.
  6. Testing and Retesting.
    Repetition is the mother of retention. Testing-retesting works. At a personal level, teachers can have a program where they give students a particular test. After some time they also give the same students the same test. This helps to measure students’ retention ability.
  7. Fortnight Tests.
    They are also called FortTests. A school can implement a program where they set tests after every two weekends. This helps the students to be used to exams. It insists on the power of the red pen and content delivery.
  8. Compulsory Booster Subjects.
    The schools that get high mean scores always have good scores in the compulsory subjects especially English, Kiswahili, Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology. Mindset shift is important.
  9. Specificity in Senior Management Team Meetings.
    When SMT meet, it’s wise for the meeting to be short and to the point. If the discussion is about discipline in the form four class do not start talking about discipline in form two class because the meeting will loose meaning.
  10. Science Practicals.
    Practicals can save a student. The only way to pass Practicals is by practicing Practicals consistently. Schools should organize Science Practical Contests. This will help to change mindset of students in sciences subjects.
  11. Setbooks programs.
    The mean score of the school is close to the mean score of English. To pass English, students should pass setbooks. To pass setbooks, students should read setbooks. Most schools make a mistake by inviting actors of setbooks yet the students do not even know what is being acted. Without reading the setbooks personally the student will not place experts in their immediate contexts, they will not know the themes, they will not know the characters and they will not know the styles of writing.
  12. Day school.
    For day schools implement something called 6 to 6 Strategy and the 12 Hour Rule Tactic.
  13. Parents Involvement.
    Success of a student doesn’t begin at school, it begins from home. Parents need to fully support school programs in terms of finances, peace of mind and resources. In the performing schools, Principals don’t force parents to support anything. Infact, it is the parents who beg the Principal if they can be allowed to support school programs. They know the importance of parents involvement.


Vidambu is an Academic Mentor with over 2200 high schools in Kenya running his academic programs.
His Academic Mentorship Programs revolve around Syllabus Coverage, Syllabus Understanding Strategies, Content Mastery, Content Retention, Content Delivery, Proper Revision Techniques, Time Management Strategies, Working Timetable, Study Book, Classroom/Staffroom Intercordination, Academic Cultures, Study Habits, among other great topics.
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