|St Faith’s vs Kriste Mambo battle for excellence|
|Sunday, 26 February 2012 00:00|
l St Faith’s attains 100 percent A level pass rate
l St Faith’s attains 91,61 percent O level pass rate
l 48 St Faith’s O level students achieve at least 7As or better
l 23 St Faith’s A level students achieve 15 points or better
l St Faith’s lowest candidate scored 8 points
l Kriste Mambo attains 98,8 percent A level pass rate
l Kriste Mambo attains 95,5 percent O level pass rate
l 47 Kriste Mambo O level students achieve 5As or better
l 12 Kriste Mambo A level students achieve 15 points or better
With 23 Advanced level students attaining 15 points or better out of 92 and 48 Ordinary level students out of 143 attaining seven As or better in the 2011 Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (Zimsec) examinations, boys-only St Faith’s High School has crushed the national record to become the best performing school in the country.
Next to it is its sister school from the same Makoni district, Kriste Mambo High School, with 47 Ordinary level out of 111 candidates attaining five As and above and 22 Advanced level candidates out of 83 attaining 14 points and above for the same year.
Interestingly, both schools are single sex with nominal enrolments of the opposite sex from the local community.
And for the fantastic results Kriste Mambo held a thanksgiving mass last weekend that was attended by the Roman Catholic Manicaland Diocese education secretary Fr Henry Wasosa, Makoni district education officer Mr Arkim Jiji and education inspector Mr Paul Mutongoza.
“This is the first time we have such a celebratory mass. We are happy with our achievement and we hope this year’s stream will emulate or surpass the 2011 stream. We owe our success to prayer and hard work,” said Kriste Mambo headmaster Mr Andrew Mvere.
Father of Kriste Mambo’s A level highest achiever Kundai Kamutando with 19 points, Mr Raphael Kamutando, applauded the school’s administration and dedicated staff for the excellent results.
Of the 23 A level students attaining 15 points or better at St Faith’s, 13 students were doing Sciences. In 2010 nine students from the school enrolled at the University of Zimbabwe Medical School. Kriste Mambo contributed nine students with 15 points or better to the country’s Science students.
St Faith’s Biology teacher, Mr Kenford Mangava, said his school was contributing significantly to the country’s natural sciences human resources.
Eighteen A level students achieved 14 points at St Faith’s while 10 A level students at Kriste Mambo achieved 14 points. Outstanding St Faith’s O level candidate was Tinovimba Katsumbe who attained 13 As and a B, while Kriste Mambo’s outstanding O level candidate is Talent Tsokodayi with 10 As.
The best St Faith’s A level student had 20 points, closely followed by Kriste Mambo’s Kundai Kamutando with 19 points.
While 55 O level candidates sat for Biology at Kriste Mambo, 50 of these achieved A grade and five received B grade. The story is almost similar at St Faith’s where 52 students sat for the same subject resulting in 48 students achieving A grade.
St Faith’s High School headmaster Mr Moses Mukoyi, who has been at the helm for 20 years, said his school’s success was a combination of a variety of factors, among them hard work, dedication and prayer from both staff and the pupils.
“Our achievement is a combination of a conducive and stable environment, supportive parents and a hard-working team of both staff and pupils. We have built this sync over the years and this is not something that can be achieved in a short space of time,” said Mr Mukoyi.
The longest-serving supporting staff member at the school, Mr Joseph Mukombiwa, who has been at the school since 1968, attributed the success to Mr Mukoyi’s shrewd and open administration.
“I have been through several administrations here, but I can tell you this is the best administration I have seen. Mr Mukoyi is open to advice even from a Form One pupil,” said Mr Mukombiwa, the boarding master.
With some of the oldest and dilapidated buildings for a school with such a high pass rate, Mr Mukoyi said the humble school has no choice but to persevere and produce the good results.
“Unfortunately most of our parents here are civil servants hence our modest fees. And our meals are equally modest. We just want to prove a point that it’s not high fees that produce the best results,” he said.
High-scoring Tinovimba Katsumbe, who attained 13 As plus a B, attributed St Faith’s success to prayer and hard work. “There are two buildings that are open 24 hours a day here. The church and the library . . . so you see what we do here?” said the unassuming high flyer.