Youngsters in the country’s institutions of learning have been encouraged to invest in discipline and sheer hard work if they hope to succeed in their desire to post excellent results in their national examinations. The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga who was speaking at Alliance Girls High School, her alma mater, Saturday May 18, 2013 where she was the guest of honour during the school’s annual speech day, told students to be judicious in their studies as a way of positioning themselves for rewarding future training and career opportunities.
Prof. Imbuga who is the Chairman of the Joint Admission Board (JAB) , the body that regulates admission of students to Kenya’s public universities , used the occasion to advise the students of the great competition for university career opportunities which she said, required them not just to pass with impressive grades but with high marks.
The strength of grade matters, the VC said, “A student who posits Grade ‘A’ score of 90 percent mark for example is ahead and therefore guaranteed to bag a place in a programme than one who had the same score with 80 percent mark”. The Vice Chancellor however told the girls that JAB had adopted affirmative action that would allow more girls to be admitted to the university with one point less of their male counterparts score, a strategy to increase the number of female students particularly into the Science and Technology related programmes. The policy will as well be applied to students with physical disabilities and those from disadvantaged areas of the country.
Prof. Imbuga commended last year’s class for positing excellent results with a mean score of 10.567 with 143 candidates registering ‘A’ grade out of the total of 218 entrants. The Vice Chancellor urged the current class to remain focused and be pace setters, saying Alliance Girls High School had a tradition of producing quality students as exemplified by the numerous pioneering students occupying prominent positions not only in the country but throughout the world.