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Ensuring discipline, academic excellence

By Vision Reporter

Added 31st July 2013 03:07 PM

There is a mistaken notion that international schools make children spoilt brats. “And perhaps it is justified by the errant behavior of students from some international schools,” says Sam Turya, the principal of Kabojja International School.

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There is a mistaken notion that international schools make children spoilt brats. “And perhaps it is justified by the errant behavior of students from some international schools,” says Sam Turya, the principal of Kabojja International School.

There is a mistaken notion that international schools make children spoilt brats. “And perhaps it is justified by the errant behavior of students from some international schools,” says Sam Turya, the principal of Kabojja International School.

He says, as Kabojja, they have a strong policy on implementing discipline. “Discipline is key at Kabojja. We promote our strong African traditional values while teaching the international curriculum,” Turya explains. He adds that with students from internationally-diverse backgrounds, the school respects all cultures and is sensitive to them. “We ensure that our students are groomed to understand, appreciate and respect their own and other people’s cultures so as to become proper citizens of the world,” he says.

The school’s curriculum is designed to instill in a student such values as work ethics, community involvement, respect for other peoples and authorities, among others.


Education
With a total of 350 students, 200 in the senior school and 150 in the lower/primary school, which started last year, Kabojja International School offers the entire British curriculum for the Cambridge School Certificate, from Year 1 to Year 13. Talking of Kabojja’s academic standards, the Principal of the lower school, Jacqueline Wako, says: “We endeavour to meet the best and latest global teaching standards so that our students can cut the grade in any part of the world.”

For example, they use smart-boards to teach, which allows students have first-hand experience of what they learn by relating it to reality through images and interactions with people in any part of the world. “Our good teacher-student ratio also supports great learning.

We have two teachers per class, which is a learner-friendly ratio of about one to 10 since we keep our enrolment at 20 children per class,” Wako explains. Turya adds that constant and indepth monitoring of every student’s progress or academic standards is another strength that makes Kabojja tick. He says they look at every student’s strengths and weaknesses individually and in detail, then work to improve where there find need while strengthening where they find excellence.


Talent

Talking of the school’s emphasis on developing a wholesome individual, Wako says Kabojja endeavors to develop students’ non-academic abilities through a whole medley co-curricular activities – volleyball, music, drama, dance, visual arts, among others. “We have events like book week, poetry week, competitions in sports and performing arts, among others. On our awards’ day, we are able to appreciate a child’s talent and achievement,” she says. Wako adds that every student gets rewarded because they endeavor to discover and nurture every single
student’s special talent.


Extra effort
The school places senior students (years 12 and 13) in working environments such as hospitals, law firms and newsrooms, so they can get an understanding of the real world of work. Turya says with the effort the school puts into training its staff, always enrolling them on improvement and updating programmes around the world, Kabojja is always in a position to offer a premium quality education to learners.

He explains that there should be no fear regarding fees, as Kabojja endeavours to charge lower than other schools offering a similar educational standard. “We try to keep our fees structure affordable so that people can be able to give their children quality education,” he says.

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