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Kanunga Principal Mwangi on B.O Ogange Speech & Education

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Principal Mwangi says, “His simplicity, humility, focus, his sense of achievement, ability to attract former students, teachers, non teaching staff, neighbours of the school and his being with his wife,” inspired him about Mr. B.O Ogange, a former headmasters of the school. Mr. Mwangi was responding to questions of Mr. Ogange speech, education in Kenya, university opportunities in Kenya and another former headmaster, Professor Raphael Njoroge, initiative to establish a university. He noted he agrees with Mr. Ogange saying, “D and E should pay the school Kshs 1000 for working negatively…” The Principal however added this was unlikely to happen in Kanunga this year.

Interview with Principal Mwangi J.K

 Mr. Ogange will pay Kshs 5,000 or all who get plain (A). How much do you think he will spend? And do you agree that those who get D and E should pay the school Kshs 1000?
I think he will spend Kshs.20,000 because four students are highly likely to get A (Plain). I agree with him that each of the students who will get between D and E should pay to the school Kshs.1000 for working negatively with regard to our chartered course, but I don’t believe they will pay. However, it’s unlikely to have these types of grades this year.

Currently there are about 30,000 vacancies for university should this be increased?
The 30,000 vacancies for university are not enough.  They should be many enough for all those who meet the minimum grade for university admission i.e. C+ (Plus)

What inspired you about Mr. Ogange?
His simplicity, humility, focus, his sense of achievement, ability to attract former students, teachers, non teaching staff, neighbours of the school and his being with his wife.

Do you know another past headmaster of Kanunga Professor Raphael Njoroge is in the process of establishing a university as can be found in www.kenyauniversity.org and some of the students may end up in the university to be located in Coast region? 
I know Professor Raphael Njoroge.  He was the 3rd Principal of the school since its inception in 1964.  He also taught me philosophy of Education at Kenyatta University College (Kenyatta University presently) but I was not aware he is working toward establishing a university.

The debate on whether to scrap KCPE has been raging on for a while, what is your take on KCPE exams?
My take is that KCPE exams should remain.

What advice can you give students who miss out on university education and yet have qualified to go to university?
They should join other tertiary institutions of learning to be trained in the various fields of work.  They can join university later for further specialized training.

Do you feel the education system in Kenya has failed?  If so what education system would you advocate for?
It has failed in that it does not cater for the majority of learners. So many fail to join secondary education for lack of enough secondary schools and even university because of the limited capacity in the universities. An education system that caters for all learners – those not good in academics to pursue their line of interest e.g. music, drama, sports etc.

What advice can you give the many jobless graduates in Kenya?
Start some income generating activities that do not require a lot of capital e.g. rabbit keeping, vegetable farming through irrigation, small businesses, private tuition of students for those trained as teachers etc.

Click word speech to read Mr. B.O Ogange (Speech)

To learn more on Kanunga High School visit www.kanungaschool.ac.ke

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