By Silas Nyamweya
Sironga Primary School is a public, government owned primary school located in West Mugirango Constituency, Bogichora Location, Nyamira Division within the larger Nyamira County. The school which was established in 1935 by the Seventh Day Adventist Missionaries who still sponsors it todate operates under a Kenyan education curriculum. It is a day only, both boys and girls learning institution. The pupil to classroom ratio in this school is 38:1 and the pupil to toilet ratio is 65.1:1. There are a total of 12 classrooms, 3 boys’ toilets, 4 girls’ toilets and 1 teacher’s toilet. The total numbers of students enrolled in this school currently is 475. There are 12 teachers who are employed by the TSC (Teachers Service Commission) where 8 are males and 4 females. There are four non-teaching staff in this school.
At Sironga DEB Primary, pupils are encouraged to develop physical fitness, teamwork, and physical skills. This is done through physical education (P.E) and extra-curricular activities including but not limited to gardening, cleaning the class/staffrooms among others. The school administration has also in place a wide range of sporting activities such as athletics, football, and basketball. The school also organizes fieldtrips and excursions in the course of the term. Pupils can also participate in scouting and dancing competitions. The aim of these programs is to nurture talent, as well as provide adventure and challenge for students. The school beliefs that students develop most when they learn through actions, when they operate in teams, when they engage in risk, when accorded responsibilities and when they are required to undertake critical thinking activities.
Former students still remember carrying water with jericans to school for cleaning the classrooms. Students were also requested to come with firewood for teacher’s food preparations. Another memorable experience is when a class five student sent a love letter to a girl, his classmate only for her to report him to the class teacher who in turn took the matter to the then head teacher, Madam Jeriaha Onyancha. This matter was considered so serious and a parade was convened after which the student love seeker was thoroughly caned before the students. This was ostensibly to act as an example to would be “perpetrators”. The head-teacher then issued a stern warning to boys to avoid engaging in such bad behavior since they were still too young for that.
Notable alumni were guided by the motto a vision of excellence include Chief Justice David Maraga who schooled there between 1961-1967 for his CPE certificate, George Onyancha, an administration police officer attached at Rapid Deployment Unit Embakas, Eric Ondari Nyakundi a bio-technology lecturer at Kisii University main campus and Denis Obara, a procurement clerk at Banda Solutions. Others who wore white shirts/blouses, dark blue sweaters and blue trousers/skirts include Vincent Onyancha, a mechanical engineer at Megvel Cartons Ltd, Dr Jasper Kerich, sernior lecturer of environmental science at Kenyatta University, and Josphine Bando, Professor , a private forensic expert in Nairobi.