By Silas Nyamweya
Migori Primary is a public primary school located along Kisii-Isbania road near Migori Teachers College. This location is found within Suna Ragana Location in Suba East Constituency within Migori County. The day only school with both boys and girls is sponsored and managed by the District Education Board (D.E.B). This institution uses the Kenyan Curriculum in its education system with students being required to sit the Kenya Certificate for Primary Education (KCPE) at the end of their primary schooling. Currently, the school has enrollment of 468 pupils with a student, teacher ratio of 50.9 implying that, there are approximately 60 pupils per classroom in 8 classrooms. There are a total of 12 teachers employed by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) while three work for the Parent Teachers Association (PTA).
This school takes extra-curricular activities seriously and as such, both students and parents are duly engaged in these activities. Apart from regular sports activities (football, volleyball, basketball) and athletics, Migori Primary also gives learners to engage in scouts clubs, debates, drama, dancing and playing music instruments(violin, guitar, keyboard and woodwind). Each student is encouraged to participate in any of the available activities as a way of nurturing their talents in these areas.
Just like other primary schools in Kenya, there is a parade every Monday and Friday mornings. Language protocols are among the strictly enforced policies in Migori Primary. Fridays were a Swahili day and everybody, both pupils and teachers were supposed to speak the language. Although most pupils including those in class one had no trouble speaking the Queens language, many had a problem with Swahili. The Friday Assembly were done in Swahili including announcements, prayers and even saying the National Anthem. At parade, students could laugh at teachers who struggled to address them in broken Swahili language. This forms part of the memorable experience for former students who still recall the trouble they had to go through on Fridays.
Notable alumni who were guided by the motto “Aim Higher Always” include Junet Mohammed, the current Suba North Member of Parliament, Watt Stile, currently a teacher at Pentagon Academy Migori, Ibrahim Kidi, a mechanical engineer at Nairobi, Saadiyo Bare, a businesswoman at Kisumu and Mataifa Taajir, a marketer based in Mombasa. Others who wore maroon trousers/skirts, pullovers with white shirts/blouses include among others Sophie Abdinoor, a business lady based in Nairobi, Justus Ogutu, a crane operator in Nairobi, Jared Okumu, a marketing and research constant based Pilot Marketing and research and David Ratemo, a data analyst currently based in Eldoret.