HOW STUDENTS SHOULD SPEND THE 11 DAY SEPTEMBER HOLIDAY

Crash program, burnout, mental wellness, busy weekends, 19 working hours, packed schedule, breakfast and lunch same time. It is a sprint within a marathon. Great schools make time, good schools manage time while other schools try to maximise time. Without undermining the importance of holidays, I am reminded of the many schools which have retained their candidates in school just…

PARENTING TEENAGERS IN 21ST CENTURY

Is parenting the daddy's role? Mommy's role? Community's? School's? Church's? In the 20th century when most of us were raised, parenting was communal because even a stranger would punish you on the road without involvement of P3 nor the police. In the 21st century on the other hand people are more selfish, you can not touch someone's kid, meaning it…

HOW TO BALANCE BETWEEN STUDENT LEADERSHIP AND ACADEMICS.

What is leadership? Leadership is influence. What matters is not what leaders do, but how they influence others. Great influence starts with self influence. Are leaders born or made? Leaders are born then made. Leadership is situational. Why is it that you find an 11 year old boy saving people from wreckage of a road accident when 50 year old…

WHAT MAKES A GOOD DEPUTY PRINCIPAL?

To many people when the word deputy principal is mentioned they think about discipline, to more people they think about harshness, to most people they think about the most feared individual in the school compound. But really, what makes a good deputy principal? Deputy principal is the only person in a school set up who can act as an ordinary…

10 CHARACTERISTICS OF PERFORMING SCHOOLS.

The principal is close to the students while the deputy is close to the parents.The principal is close to the DOS while the deputy is close to G&C.The principal is dumb while the deputy is deaf.Great schools are established, good schools are founded, other schools are formed. Results are made in the staffroom, then the classroom.There are no camps in…

10 IMPORTANT FACTS THAT KCSE CANDIDATES SHOULD KNOW.

The school mean score is close to the mean score of English.The schools that improve in compulsory subjects will always improve in overall KCSE performance. The mean grade of the school is mostly the grade with the highest number of students.Success of Sciences is in practicals while the performance of Languages is in setbooks.Kiswahili beats English performance in most schools…

FACTORS AFFECTING THE ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE OF A SCHOOL.

Verily, there are reasons why that small sub-county dayschool 81 kilometres away from any accesible road gets a mean score of 1.9 while that giant national school 15 metres from Thika Superhighway gets a mean score of 10.5. The world works with rules, we have input and output. Between input and output we have process. There is something called IPO…

20 WAYS TO PREVENT FIRES IN SCHOOLS IN SECOND TERM.

1) Form a disaster management unit within the G&C department and train them on prevention, preparedness, response and recovery. 2) Empower the guidance and counselling department. 3) Install CCTV cameras especially outside the dormitories. 4) Conduct mandatory drug tests especially in boarding schools. 5) Mount fire extinguishers in high risk quarters. 6) Ensure the suggestion box is active. 7) Add…

THE ROLE OF THE PARENT IN STUDENT’S SUCCESS.

Well, when the word parenting is mentioned many people think about taking children to school, paying school fees on time, supporting school programs, telling the kid to clear assignments and commanding them which friend to keep and which to drop. Parenting has changed. Most of us parents who are raising teenagers today grew up in early 80's. Then, there was…

IMPORTANCE OF BALANCING SUBJECTS.

Why do most bright students have problems in English? Well, before you answer that question I have another question, why do most not-so-bright students have problems in Sciences and Mathematics? Balancing subjects has many advantages. Think of a four wheeled automobile. If the pressure level is not equal in all the four tyres it can easily cause an accident. If…

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