There's some friendly competition going on among Schools for Life partners in Tanzania. Watch out Hoja Secondary, Mshangano Secondary are coming for your top spot!
Most of you will have heard of Hoja Secondary, the first school in our Schools for Life programme and most successful of our partner schools. For those of you who are new to COCO, Hoja Secondary has been open for 11 years now, and for the past seven of those years has been comfortably sitting as top school in the region (out of 192 schools).
However, there's a new school on the block which is causing Hoja to worry that they might not keep their top spot for much longer - Mshangano Secondary School! In recent Form 2 exams (second year of secondary school in Tanzania), Mshangano came TOP out of the 151 schools who took part, just beating Hoja Secondary who came in 2nd.
Our other two partner schools in the region fared well too, with Kindimba Secondary School coming 5th and Elimika Centre coming 6th. We are looking forward to a time when the four Schools for Life are in the top four spots!
Luckily for Hoja Secondary, Mshangano currently only has up to Form 3 in the school, so Hoja will be able to keep its top spot for final leavers' exams, but next year when Form 3 move into Form 4, there'll be a fight for the top spot again! Headteachers at both schools are determined that their students will be at the top, so are working extra hard to make sure students are well prepared.
However, Mshangano Secondary have a secret weapon - their physics teacher Adam Singogo who has been named best teacher in the region! Students in his class got the best average mark out of every subject in every school in the recent tests.
This is a particular success, as usually science is one of the hardest subjects with the lowest grades; congratulations Adam!
"We have this desire of proving the possibility of performing well in science subjects, unlike the belief that people have that they are difficult." - Adam
As well as determination, Adam also says that having small class sizes (of a maximum of 30, as opposed to the regional average of 56), means he can spend time with each student individually to identify where they are having trouble and work to solve that. Finishing the syllabus with enough time for revision and practice exams also meant students were well prepared and fully understood the subject before the official tests.
We are delighted to see our partner schools thriving and developing, providing brighter futures to all of the students - which has only been possible because of your help!
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