NYERI, Kenya, Feb 21 — Eight students from Kagumo High School have formed a group that has started a mentorship and tutoring programme to motivate class 8 pupils in the neighboring Kirichu Primary School in Nyeri County.
The group is led by a form two student, Philip Michen who told Capital FM News that they are helping the students in the challenging subjects like mathematics, sciences and also mentoring them to be future responsible leaders.
Michen, an orphan whose school fees is paid by well-wishers in Canada also encourages the pupils to work hard regardless of their backgrounds noting that discipline and hard work always pays.
The Principal of the Kagumo High School, Lawrence Kirwara and his Deputy Karuiru Kinyua explained that the initiative was motivated by the poor performance of the primary schools neigbouring the prestigious High School.
Kagumo has been admitting the top boy from Kirichu and they hope with the initiative, the performance will improve and enable them admit more pupils who hit the required target.
Moreover, the school administration has expressed a desire to further strengthen its bond with the neighbouring community.
On her part, Christine Mwangi, the Head Teacher Kirichu Primary School said that the school performance has improved by 14 points since the high school students initiated the mentorship programme.
She also noted that the boys are free to share their private lives especially those reaching the stage of adolescence with the Kagumo young teachers since they fall in the same age group.
The eight mentoring students are members of the Kagumo Social Club with the education of seven of them facilitated by scholarships, bursary disbursements and well-wishers.
In last year’s KCSE, 242 of Kagumo’s students out of a total of 284 attained a mean grade of C+, the minimum grade required for admission into a public university.