Students at Ganze Girls Secondary doing practicals at the school laboratory
Ganze Girls Secondary School is a public girl’s school found in Tsangalaweni Sub-location, Ganze location, Ganze Division, Ganze constituency, within the larger Kilifi County. The learning institution which was established in 1960s has an option for those wanting to study as day scholars and boarders. The current status puts this school as an ordinary government school with learning being carried on using a Kenyan curriculum. The school with a student population of 650 students has 32 teachers, 26 of who work under the Teachers Service Commission while 6 of them are employed by the Board of Management. The school is within Ganze village, which is among the poorest communities in Kenya. Residents of this community basically survive on subsistence farming and small scale trading.
Despite its poor academic record, Ganze Secondary School boasts of active music activities, drama club, a fiery debate club, student, and an agile girls scout. In addition, the school has a powerful sports team which represents it in various county and national sports competitions. It should also be noted that this school is among the few in the country with student associations. Adding to these portfolio of extra-curricular activities are the schools swimming pool, where students refresh and cool themselves every Friday evening and weekends (for borders). It should also be noted that this school has a modern school library, sports complex, and computer lab and science laboratory, courtesy of the local and national government initiatives.
Most students threaded Fridays which were usually a cleaning day for the entire school. The cleaning sessions which were mostly supervised by the prefects in liaison with the teacher on duty started by collecting rubbish in the entire compound and washing classrooms in the evening and dormitories later in the evening. This is the time when some students could feign sickness and seek a letter from the school nurse just to avoid the rigorous cleaning exercise.
Notable alumni who were guided by the motto “Together we succeed” include Aisha Jumwa, who is currently a member of parliament for Malindi town, Demacus Jando, a gynecologist at Mombasa Hospital, Lydia Andrea, a customer care attendant for a mobile company in Nairobi city, Alpha Rahma, a trainer at Vera Beauty college, and Hawe Kadzo, a chemistry teacher at Khamis secondary school, Mombasa. Others who wore grey blouses, grey checked skirts and dark green pullovers include; Jourian Ndabatesy, a Kilifi based fashion designer, Faith Mukasi, a Malindi based business lady, and Mourine Uchi, an air hostess with Kenya Airways.