St. Mark’s Girls Cherang’ani sets sights on Academic stardom in the North Rift

St. Mark’s Girls Cherang’ani in Trans Nzoia County has maintained a remarkable performance in Kenya Certificate of Secondary education (KCSE) examination, making it a center of academic excellence in the region.

The extra county school which was split from the St. Marks Boys Cherang’ani in 2005 emerged the best in Trans Nzoia East Sub County with the 2018 class scoring a mean of 5.925 that saw the school become number 12 in the county.

The performance was an improvement from the 2017 performance which was 4.78.

“I attribute the success to concerted efforts by the teachers, the board of management and last year’s class for the performance. 45 students out of the 143 attained the minimum grade required for them to join university,” said the school Principal Susan Obiri.

Mrs. Obiri said this year’s class of 150 candidates is aiming at scoring a mean score of 6.5 to maintain the school’s target of becoming a hub of academic excellence in the North Rift region by offering quality education to the girl child.

“We have already admitted 145 students in form one and we are still expecting some more. The teachers and the students are committed to ensure we attain our academic vision as per our school motto, ” she said.

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The school has also made a mark on the co-curricular scene with several sporting disciplines including hockey, basketball, soccer, and athletics among others. The Girls also take part in performance disciplines like drama and music festivals.

The school’s strategic growth plan has however been slowed down by a set of challenges among them a shortage in both infrastructure and human resource which slows down the pace at which the institution meets its goals.

“We need a dormitory and a tuition block to meet the growing population of students. We also have a teacher shortage 13 since the TSC employed teachers are 15. The board of management has been forced to hire 12 teachers,” said Mrs Obiri.

The school’s BOM Chairperson Mrs Esther Chege said the institution is determined to offer high quality education standards to learners to ensure they lay the best academic foundation that will see them excel at higher levels of education.

“We are committed to ensuring that learners who study at our institution not only excel but have the best academic background to enable them select their preferred careers of choice which they seek to pursue,” said Mrs Chege.