Sitted on 20 acres of land…. From a humble beginning, is a national school… Asumbi Girls’ high School …located in gem asumbi village….Homa Bay County… 26km away from kisii Town and …..27 km from homabay town
They call it… a school of scholars…..Agiant institution that was started on 19th March 1936, by the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Saint Joseph as Lower Boarding Primary school, with a small population of pupils, sponsored by the Mill Hill missionaries of the then Catholic Diocese of Kisumu.
The school progressed and became an intermediate school going up to std VIII……
In 1965 the first form one students were admitted.
.. Three years later in 1968, the primary section was phased out…… The following year that is 1969 the first secondary students sat their “ O” Level examinations.
Those who passed well proceeded to “A” Level Art class in 1970.
In 1979 Science class of “A” Level added to the existing Art class. ….With the introduction of the 8-4-4 system of education, the “A” level classes were phased out in 1989….The school is a four streamed public provincial Girls boarding secondary school.
Being a catholic school….it has maintained it’s a Catholic tradition.
Our car had been running parallel to a peripheral wall with a white paint for about 100 meters when we suddenly arrived at the gate.
As a visitor or a student…getting into the school compound … Covid-19 precautions must be observed….you must sanitize….or wash your hands….
The school compound…tells it all… truly it is a home of scholars
In the expansive Chief Principals office, after being ushered in….wooooow…. you will come face to face with the person who has been steering the administrative and academic wheel of this gigantic institution. ….the big Girl…as they call her here…Linet Pino Sati…the five point 8 feet or so officer whose sense of humour will make you feel at home.
In the history of Kenya, St. Teresa Asumbi Girls National School is known as a manufacturer of scholars. In the 2020 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education ..it….posted a mean score of 9.5698 …..emerging among the top schools not only in Western Kenya…but also in the country…
Yearly it produces students who are being admitted in various universities to pursue lucrative courses …
Five years since assuming the role of chief principal at the school, Mrs Sati’s mantra is to “listen to the students and teachers … but not to compromise.
Right….do you remember the genius Erick Ademba…I thought you should know… the Chemistry and Mathematics teacher who scooped The First Continental Teacher Award by the African Union in 2019
…he is the reason why the school is always a best performer in Sciences…but how do they do it
Asumbi is currently a 10 – streamed school with over 40 government employed teachers and over 20 Board of Management teachers.
Mrs Sati, also a former student of Asumbi, notes that the institution has continued to grow in infrastructure to accommodate it’s national status and the growing population. All that, thanks to the Ministry of Education Maintenance Fund and ‘small savings’.
As we tread the lovely pavements of the institution with the jolly madam CEO, the students were busy studying in class, giving the school the silence of a grave. No doubt, their brains were engaging the books.