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The school that never shines in national exams

SSD Mixed Secondary School was among Nairobi’s worst performing schools in last year’s KCSE examinations.

The private school scored a mean grade of E with a percentage performance index of 12.147 per cent.

Out of the 39 candidates, a majority of them scored mean grades of D- (minus) and E.

The school’s poor performance has been blamed on the presence of untrained teachers and indiscipline among students.

Besides, most of the candidates are said to have joined the school in form three during third term.

The school on Ronald Ngala Street is also known to admit students who performed poorly in their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examinations. 

Director Digrah Shah said she doesn’t know why the school has been performing poorly over the years.

“I don’t know why the school has not performed well and I am not in a position to explain why,” she said. 

Ms Shah also claimed that they have not received the results and wasn’t aware when they would be in. 

“We have not received the results and so we don’t know how the students performed. I will not also discuss the matter with the media,” the director said.

She said the school is managed privately and no one should critic their performance.

“No one should discuss the performance of our school. This is a private institution and we don’t allow media to intrude,” she added.

There were some candidates who had come for the results and it was evident that they were not happy about their performance.

Those who spoke to us on condition of anonymity said they had little time for revision since they cleared the syllabus very late.

One of them said about a third of the students who sat the exams joined the school either in their third term in Form 3 and others in January last year. 

They said the school is only after parents’ money and not after academic excellence.

Parents have complained that there is lack of discipline among students and those found in the wrong are not disciplined accordingly.