By Joshua Araka. Senior Editor, Gusii.com, St. John's Nyamagwa High School. Egetamo (March) 1, 2011
St. John'sNyamagwa High School in Bobasi, Kisii County received with shock reports that the results of 188 boys who sat for the KCSE last year had been canceled over irregularities. Students who were retuning to school after a half term break appeared heartbroken as they moved sluggishly while teachers and support staff members sat in groups, as they tried to come to terms with the misfortune.
At the administration block, the offices were closed and deserted, save the secretary who too appeared uncomfortable with the presence of journalists in the school. In the results released yesterday by Education minister, Sam Ongeri, 188 candidates of the school had their Biology cancelled over cheating.
What hit us? St. John's Nyamagwa High School Principal, Mr. Godfrey Omoni is on the phone trying to find out. Picture by Joshua Araka, Gusii.com files.
A total of 244 candidates sat for the exam after one died a week prior to the examination day. Students interviewed disowned the results, saying the school has never been involved in cheating in the past and they were expecting a mean of 10 in the results. They swore to prove their opponents wrong by posting colorful grades at in this year’s exams.
The principal, Godfrey Omoni whom we waited for hours to arrive at the school said at the main gate that he could not give an official comment because he had not seen the results. Omoni, who was posted to the school this year said he was treating the reports as rumors and would give comments later.
And in what would stoke controversy, sources in Nairobi said a report from KNEC to the Minister of Education indicated that the Biology theory paper results were canceled because candidates arrived in the exam room 20 minutes after kick off.
Back in Kisii, there was suspicion that the results were canceled following intervention of sadists unhappy with the posting of the school’s former principal, Casper Maina to the oldest institution in the county, Kisii School. Respondents in the education circles who did not want to be named said the move was aimed at portraying Maina as a non-performer who employed crooked ways to have his students pass.
In his tenure, Nyamagwa posted impressive results. For instance, over 90 students made direct entry to university in 2008. Early this term, the school faced students unrest twice because they were unhappy with the new principal, whose car they torched.
St. John's Nyamagwa High School boys vow to top the charts this coming year. Picture by Joshua Araka, Gusii.com files.