Parents are the reason we are top - City Parents’ School
City Parents’ School have attributed their success in primary leaving exams to their good relationship with parents.
The school’s deputy head teacher, Paul Richard Kasadha, explained over the weekend, that this was why more parents were sending their children to the school.
“The parents should expect a complete child. Getting [aggregate] four is not enough but we are looking forward to producing a child that can have a four and is good at all the other areas like football, dance and drama,” Kasadha said. “A child that is self-driven and can express himself or herself”.
He added that they were also proud of their teachers.
“[We] cannot work in isolation without the dedication of the teachers and the administration. But you know when the administration understands the teacher it is working with, and it understands their problems - you know they are human beings.
That is when good performance can be realised,” Kasadha added.
Kasadha’s comments follow consistent good performance by the school over the last four years. In the latest results, 239 of its 303 pupils passed in first division, as compared to last year’s performance when 233 of the 279 candidates passed in the same division.
He attributed the school’s success to several factors.
“First, is teamwork; we have got a very strong dedicated team that works with minimum supervision. Secondly, the parents love the school; if they see any problem, they would not hesitate to come forward and tell us,” Kasadha said.
He explained that the current results are the best in the last three years. In 2013, eight pupils managed to get aggregate four, while in 2012 eleven pupils got aggregate four. He, however, said that aggregate four is not enough for the pupils, promising that the school targets on producing a complete child with extra capabilities.
The school’s enrolment stood at 3,429 at the end of last year, while total capacity stands at 3,500 pupils. That number includes the 303 P7 candidates. However, Kasadha explains that they are keen to keep classes small to allow for comfort for both the pupils and the teachers.
He adds the average pupil population per class is 50 (for the primary school section) and 35 (for pre-primary section), with each class having between four to six streams. From when they join, pupils are allocated streams according to their performance, analyzed every academic term.
Kasadha added that co-curricular activities play a major role in jogging the minds of the pupils to work well.
“We give [co-curricular activities] a lot of emphasis; they are timetabled and we strictly follow that timetable,” he said. “Fortunately, the children love [these activities] so much to the extent that if the teacher dodges teaching that lesson, they will go and report to the deputy teacher or the headmaster.”
Asked about future facility expansion plans, Kasadha pledged a new building block, before insisting that they would not expand the enrolment much further.
“The P7 block is in place and by the close of this year, we shall have added a block which is going to occupy P6 [but] we don’t want to go beyond six streams. We will have six rooms added; that’s going to be yearly until the block is finished.”