The Catholic Diocese of Kitui, education department has celebrated its annual education day celebrations in a unique way without a mammoth crowd.
In a celebration which was led by His Lordship Rt. Rev. Joseph Mwongela on 3rd September 2021with the theme “enhancing excellence in Catholic Schools amidst Covid 19 pandemic” its attendance was only limited to the principals and few teachers due to covid 19 restrictions.
In his homily, the bishop urged the principals to help the students in transforming their lives because in future, the same students will change the status quo of their families and the country. He also challenged the principals to be involved in the management of the diocese. The bishop also advised the teachers to use SWOT analysis in making positive difference in the schools.
Expounding on this year’s theme, Rev. Fr. Julius Muthamba who is the education secretary, said that all the members of Diocesan Catholic school communities should be habituated to the culture of excellence in all realms of formation. He further stated that during this difficult time of Covid in schools, the Catholic institution must continue playing their traditional roles as beacons of light and hope. He encouraged teachers to inspire hope and reassure students as well as those under their care that all will be well.
The education secretary psychosocial support as a paramount approach of achieving excellence in Catholic Schools during this difficult time of Covid. He stated clearly that, the catholic Schools must become centre of excellence and urged the principals and teachers to train the students to appreciate that its possible to excel through discipline and hard work without any form of cheating in exams. “Integrity in examination in Catholic Schools in non-negotiable,” he said
The TSC director, Mr. Odipo challenged the teachers to put more efforts in all the subjects since he noted that from the award booklet Chemistry didn’t feature anywhere. He also warned the teachers against any sort of misconduct which might result to their interdiction.
The CASPA chairperson, Mr. Muema applauded the teachers for their generous support towards the church activities and more so in evangelization and uplifting the livelihoods of the less privileged in the society.
The main purpose of the function was to celebrate 2020 KCSE performance and award the best schools and teachers who their subjects had excelled well. The awards were given in various categories including schools with most ‘A’, most improved schools, subjects with a mean of 7 & above, Human standard category among others with an aim of promoting competition among the schools and speeding motivated incentives all over the diocese hence encouraging the students/teachers to be serious in school work. Those awarded were teachers and the best schools.
Among those who graced the occasion were, Rev. Fr. Jeremiah Munyoki (Rector St. Joseph’s Junior Seminary), Rev. Fr. Benson Katua, Rev. Fr. Jefferson Mutinda, Deacon John Murage, the County TSC Director, ABSA Bank Regional Manager, Kitui Branch Manager among others.