By Silas Nyamweya
Kamangu Primary School is a public primary school sponsored by the Central Government/ DEB. This learning institution is located in Karai location, Kikuyu Division, Kabete Constituency within the larger Kiambu County. The school is a day only learning center allowing both girls and boys. Currently, the pupil classroom ratio is 26.1 while the Pupil Teacher Ratio is 36.6. On the other hand, the pupil toilet ratio is 15.3. This school has 21 classrooms and 4 teachers’ toilets and 36 student toilets. The total number of students enrolled currently is 549 with 15 teachers who are all employed by Teachers Service Commission (TSC). Among these teachers, 10 are male while 5 are female. The school is a neighbor to AIC Kamangu Primary (which is exclusively sponsored by AIC), Gathiru Primary, Moi Girls Kamangu Secondary, and Mother’s love primary.
Kamangu Primary school also takes value in sports and other extra-curricular activities. The administration believes that by engaging pupils in sports such as football, swimming, athletics, and dancing, the student’s team building and self-confidence skills will improve. In addition, the students will be enjoying the benefits associated with regular physical exercises. Apart from sports and games, this school has also a successful scouts club, school choir, music and drama festivals as well as the debate clubs. The games and social activities are aimed at teaching students on social matters like time management, social relations; build professional skills, alongside nurturing their talents.
Former students of this school still remember the school closing days, where notorious bullies who were known by the nick-names of Babu, Kinyanjui, Kimani, Kanyiha, would beat up anybody who would have crossed their lines in the course of the term without fear of being reprimanded. Terms such as “Nguhinga nawe” (I will close with you today), “Tharia Njata” (who will blink first) were common during this day. In-fact, there were always free spectacles of wrestling matches involving pupils along the way whenever schools closed which was like a norm in this school. These bullies also made sure that they were felt during inter-school sports day by starting fights; and the incident where buddies Renguti Primary were beaten after the team from Kamangu Primary School lost a match is still in the memory of some former alumni. Students also gave teachers nicknames depending on their characters including Chai(this one is said to have liked tea), Pesi ( she was fast in caning), soldier ( this one was a strict disciplinarian) among others.
Former alumni who were required to memorize the school motto “Endeavor to shine” or face severe caning include the newly installed Kiambu Governor Dr. James Nyoro, Euticas Njenga, currently a revenue officer at Kenya Revenue Authority, George Kamau, a doctor at Agha Khan hospital Nairobi, Mr. Samuel Mbugua, a secondary school teacher at Kikuyu Township Secondary School, and Mr. Samuel Ndichu, currently a truck driver in Kabul, Afghanistan. Others who wore grey shorts and blue shirts (for boys) and purple dresses with yellow strips (for girls) include Lilian Antonio a teacher in Kiriri Primary School, Alice Nimoh, an estate agent in Nairobi, Mr. Dennis Gichuki, an Information Technology expert based in Mombasa and Grace Kimani, a business lady based in Kiambu.