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Kisii School is a public Secondary boys’ school in Kisii, Kenya. It is a non-profit public institution established in 1934 (by the Young Kavirondo Association) to provide secondary education to young pupils.
Immediately after the Colonial Government become interested in education, following the Phelps-Stokes Commission report of 1925, Kisii School started in 1934 as Government African School (GAS). The local Native Council of South Kavirondo raised the funds. It is one of the three ‘K’ schools which were started by the natives. These schools include; Kisii School, Kakamega School and Kagumo High in the central province. They were referred to as government African schools (GAS)
Kisii School History
1934- Started Artisan courses at Primary School (Std. equivalent to STD 4-6). But when it was unable to get pupils, the school admitted pupils in the substandard level (an equivalent of standard 2 and 3) with 15 pupils.
1938- Presented the first candidate for Primary School Examinations. By now, the school had 60 pupils in 2 streams of 30 each. The students had to be 50% Kisii and 50% Luo (Kisii 30 Pupils, Luo 30 pupils)
1945- The Secondary School section was started. At that time, this was called the Junior Secondary- equivalent to standard 7 and 8. The population was still 60 per class.
1946 – Presented the first student for Kenya African Preliminary Examination.
1949 – Started the senior secondary (from 3 and 4) These candidates were to be prepared for KASSE (Kenya African Secondary School Examination)
1950 – Presented candidates for KASSE (Kenya African Secondary School Examination)
1953 -The school admitted candidates for a P3 teacher training course which lasted 3 years. It was later shifted to Kabianga Teachers College (present-day Kabianga Boys) before later on moving to present day Kericho Teachers Training College.
1956 – The school entered its first candidates for Cambridge School Certificate. A total of 60 students were registered.
1962- The school was among the 6 schools to introduce ‘A’ LEVEL (Art) with a single stream of 30 students.
1963 – Presented its first Higher School Certificate candidates commonly referred to as ‘A’ Level Examination.
1967 – The ‘A’ level science class or science stream was started. By now, the student population was 450 (form 1 to 6)
The school has had a strong connection to the Musa Nyandusi family, a Senior Chief during the colonial era. This was the most powerful position akin to a king answerable only to the colonial authority with minimal supervision. The Land on which the entire school stands was donated by Senior Chief Musa Nyandusi The school has produced the likes of Simeon Nyachae, a son of Musa.
Kisii School Curriculum
The secondary school curriculum emphasizes job-oriented courses, such as business and technical education.
Kisii School offers a college preparatory program following the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education curriculum. The curriculum offered at the school covers six areas: Communication, Mathematics and Sciences, Humanities, Applied Education, Physical Education.
- Communication – English, Kiswahili, French and German
- Sciences – Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and Physics
- Humanities – Geography, History and Government, Religious education, Social Education, and Ethics
- Applied Education – Agriculture, Industrial education, Wood technology, Metal technology, Power mechanics, Electrical technology, Business education (Accounts, Commerce, Economics), Music, Fine Arts, Drawing and Design, Information Technology (computer studies).
- Physical Education –
Kisii School Governance
Kisii School is a National Public School and it receives a large amount of public money from the government. The Board of Governors(B.O.G.) and the Parent Teachers Association(P.T.A.) oversee the smooth running of the institution. Daily routine business of the school is headed by the Office of the Principal.
Kisii School Admission
Admission of students is by open competitive K.C.P.E. examination every year. Candidates are judged according to need and parental income and their performance in the national KCPE examinations. Selection is solely based on merit. Scholarships and financial support comes from Government, organisations, individuals and donors.
The school has dormitories, dining hall, classroom block, and Computer and Science laboratories. There are Technical Education workshops for Woodwork, Metal work, Electricity, Power mechanics, and Agriculture. Students partake in watering of the livestock and vegetables from which meat and greens for meals is outsourced.
Hall of Residence
The school has eight houses. They are:
- Sameta Light blue,
- Mara Light Grey,
- Kuja Navy Blue,
- Kiong’anyo White,
- Manga Yellow,
- Homa Orange,
- Ruri Green,
- Wire Red,
- Longonot Purple
- Kilimanjaro Dark Green
- Ruwenzori Maroon
There are activities in which the houses compete – Science congress, athletics, cross-country, ball games, drama and academics.
The school principal, Maurice Odera usually offers a reward for the top three houses in each field.
Extracurricular activities include drama, choir, publications such as the School Magazine; school leadership through the prefects’ body, Sunday School teaching, Scouting, Debate Club, Wildlife Club, Environmental Club, Journalism Club, Science Club, Computer Club, SDA Society, CU and YCS for the Catholics.
Choices include basketball, rugby, soccer, track and field, hockey, volleyball, handball, swimming, and lawn tennis. Individuals and teams have won national and regional honours in almost all of them.
Under the leadership of John L. O Kinaro,(1991–1998) a former principal, Kisii school emerged as the best soccer school teams in the 1990s. The record they set can only be rivalled by Kakamega School. They won three consecutive national championships between 1996 and 1999. Most of the team members have played for the national team, and some are playing professional football in Europe and Asia.
- Ratemo Michieka – former Vice-Chancellor of Jomo Kenyatta University
- Omondi Mak’Onditi – Author and Advocate of The High Court
- John Henry Okwanyo – former Cabinet Minister of Commerce & Industry, the Government of the Republic of Kenya
- John Machethe Muiruri – Belgium 1st division soccer mid-fielder
- Simon Mulama – former Mathare United footballer
- Simeon Nyachae – former Leader Ford People Party and Minister of Roads and Transportation in Kenya; Kenya presidential candidate in 2002
- George Nyamweya – Member of the National Assembly
- Henry Nyandoro – former Shabana Kisii and Kenyan International Footballer
- Robert Ouko – Athlete 400 Relay Gold Medalist at the 1972 Munich Olympics
- James Ongwae – 1st Governor of Kisii County
- Chris Obure – 1st Senator of Kisii County
- David Maraga – Retired Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya
- Wycliffe Oparanya – 1st Governor of Kakamega County
- Fred Matiang’i – Cabinet Secretary in the Government of Kenya
- Cornel Rasanga Amoth – 1st Governor of Siaya County
- Dalmas Otieno, Former Cabinet Minister and MP for Rongo
- Joshua Oigara, CEO KCB Group Limited
- Joseph Odero-Jowi, Ambassador of Kenya to the United Nations; Minister for Economic Planning & Development
- Shem Arungu-Olende, Senior Systems Analyst at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); electronic engineer with the United Nations for over 30 years
- Alphonse Okuku Ndiege was a Member of Parliament for Mbita Constituency from 1974 to 1983 during which time he also served as The Assistant Minister for Information and Broadcasting. He was the younger brother to one of Kenya’s founding fathers, the late Tom Mboya. Alphonse earned bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Antioch College. Prior to joining politics, Alphonse worked for The Africa Economic Commission at the Organisation of African Unity Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
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