Notes of a meeting at Kalumu Primary
School on 17 October 2013
Principal, Peninah, Josphet Mwanzia,
Stephen Kameti and GM-A (also her husband Bob M-A).
Update on the school:
There are 300 children enrolled
plus 50 in the nursery. This is 30 more than last term and the number is
still rising as students join from other schools.
The government now pays the nursery
teacher 15,000/- per month. Peninah has been transferred to another
school but is still a parent so is still on the local school trust.
The school now has 7 TSC teachers.
TAS pays for another 3 @ 6500/- per month:
Mwanzia Wycliffe, Stephen Maithya,
and ? Mwenzi.
The parents pay for another one
Ms Mwangangi at the same rate.
The school is now conducting 3 exams
per term in order to raise standards. There are 18 current standard 8
candidates including 7 girls This is an increase from 14 in 2012.
The KCPE mock exams indicate a significant increase in mean score is expected
- around 296. This would mean that 17 of the 18 will get over 250 marks
ie enough to get into secondary school, and some of them will get over 370
which is extraordinarily good.
There are 28 students in the current
Standard 7 so next year will be a much larger cohort.
The government is set to deliver
laptops to Standard 1 classes. One of Kalumu's teachers Florence Syomiti
is going to be a trainer as she is computer literate and has access to the
internet. She is copied into this message.
Power lines are coming close to the
school and so access to mains power is likely to happen soon. The solar
power will continue to be used because its free. Mains will be used for
bigger machines eg pumps.
The bandas are complete and look
brilliant. They are used by staff and students but currently furniture
has to be carried in to them from the classroms. Furniture is needed.
The school is ready for the TV
and DVD now. Sonia to please issue cheque to the supplier for
The educational trip now needs to
happen quickly so Sonia please pay the transporter directly for the
bus and send funds to the school for the park fees. These two items are the
only ones TAS will pay for.
New proposals to TAS
2 staff housing units similar to the
ones at Usueni. (approx 1.4m/-)
Furniture for bandas
To CDF for Boys dormitory
To the community and the MP for
permission to connect to the newly renovated community borehole nearby.
The meeting ended at 12 noon.
Post meeting note:
GMA contacted the MP John Mati who
said he would take up the matter of the school connecting to the borehole.