Thousands attend the Matinyani Boys Secondary School’s Thanksgiving Day



Over 4,000 people attended the Matinyani Boys Secondary School’s this year’s annual Thanksgiving Day held recently. The Matinyani Boys Secondary School is in Matinyani District within Kitui County.

The Kitui County Governor Julius Makau Malombe was the chief guest at the event. “This is the time we (the school) celebrate the mass with the Kitui Catholic Diocese’s Bishop,” the school principal Nelson Muriithi said in his speech.

We come together as a family of Matinyani to pray for our candidates, he added. “We thank God for the many blessings in our school,” he said. The reason as to why we do the Thanksgiving Day we look at the school’s academic performance, infrastructure and our relationship with the immediate community in order to enhance relationship,” the teacher said, adding that they bring the education stakeholders to support the school in its development agenda.

Currently the school has a total of 1,321 students, 32 Teachers Service Commission (TSC) teachers, eighteen board of management (BOM) teachers and 21 workers, according to the principal.

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The school was started by the community in 1950 and it started as a secondary school in 1966, Muriithi disclosed. He also disclosed that currently the learning institution has a total of eight Form One streams with an admission of 415 students.

And the Form Two, Form Three and Form Four each has six streams, according to him. The teacher talked out about some of their (the school) achievements for the last five years.

“There is an upward improvement in academic performance from 6.2 mean score in 2017 to 9.94 mean score in 2022 with some 100 per cent transition to university,” Muriithi said. He said another achievement is the massive improvement in infrastructure. “For the last five years, we have built a multipurpose hall.

We have also two new dormitories, the new laboratories and improved facilities,” the Matinyani Boys Secondary School Principal went on. “The construction of a new tuition storey block to accommodate 21 classrooms is ongoing in order to give more children from Kitui an opportunity to learn,” the school head said. “We have an improved enrolment from 617 students in 2017 to the current 1,321 students,” Muriithi announced.

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The Matinyani Boys Secondary School is an extra-county school. Majority of the school’s students are from Kitui County, according to Muriithi. The school emerged the best one in the Ukambani region (Kitui, Machakos and Makueni Counties) in the Kenya’s 2022 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) national examination.

Its 2022’s mean score is 9.94 with the B plus mean grade with the entry being 240 where they got some 35 A minuses, 156 B pluses and 49 B plains. In his speech, Governor Malombe promised to construct a modern administration block for the school since the school supports majorly 99 per cent of the students from Kitui County.

Malombe is an old student at the school. He announced that he is going to sort out the issue of water challenges in the school.

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Dr. Malombe also motivated the school’s 2022 class and the current students and the teachers and the support staff for a job well done in 2022. The governor challenged the school to maintain and improve on the current mean score. He officially commissioned the school’s approximately 8 million shillings footbridge.

The governor also officially opened the learning institution’s new tuition block’s Block A whose (the Block A) construction is complete. The block is being developed in parts.

Also present and who also addressed the event included the sponsor (the Kitui Catholic Diocesan Bishop, the Right Reverend Joseph Mwongela), area (Kitui West Constituency) Member of Parliament Edith Vethi Nyenze, Kitui County Women’s Representative Dr. Irene M. Kasalu, Kitui County Senator Enock Kiio Wambua and area (Matinyani) Assembly Ward Member Sylvester Munyalo.

The school’s immediate former BOM Chairperson Nicholas Mulila and who is also the Safaricom Chief Risk and Security Officer also addressed the occasion.