An Overview of Don Bosco Secondary School Moshi

Back ground information:


Kilimanjaro Region is divided into six administrative districts Moshi, Hai, Siha, Rombo, Mwanga and Same.

Moshi Municipal is located on the fertile southern slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro at an altitude of 950 meters above sea level in the North to 700 meters above sea level the South. The area of Moshi Municipality IS 58sq km. The town is virtually divided into three unequal parts by two permanent rivers: Rau to the East and Karanga to the West while Kiladeda forms the western boundary.

The mean annual temperature is 25°C, the coldest month being July with an average of 17°C and the warmest month is December with an average of 34°C. The town receives short rains from October to December and long rains from March to May.

Moshi was originally established as a military camp at Kolila in present day Old Moshi Division of Moshi District Council 1892. In 1956, it attained the status of a Town Council the town was designated a Municipal Council in 1988.

According to the 2012 census, the municipal population was 184,292. The female population was 95,1 18 (51.6%) while male accounted for 89,174 (48.4%). The population growth in Moshi Municipal can be attributed to a greater extent by the unchecked high rate of rural-urban migration.

The major sources of income of the people of the Municipality are lion) private employment, public employment and self-employment. Residents has filed to initiate own businesses due to Inadequate capital and entrepreneurship skills.

 

The school context

The Salesians of Don Bosco have been working in the diocese of Moshi since August 1992. In 1999, the then Catholic Bishop of Moshi Rt. Rev Amadeus Msarike approved a youth educational project (Youth Training Center) to be implemented by the Salesians.

The purpose of Youth Training Centre was to target the young people had finished primary school and were unable to continue their studies in secondary schools. The project also targeted the secondary school drop out on account of financial constraints.

In 2005, the Youth training centre was opened for the disadvantaged young people of secondary school age. Through this centre the youth were prepared to sit for the Qualifying Tests (QT) so as to enable them continue with their secondary education. However, this was met with challenges since students were having challenges in getting places (centres) where they could sit for their exams and also the performance was also poor.

In order to address this problem, in 2009, the centre was registered as a Private Candidates Examination Centre for the O level and Advanced Level national examinations. In 2012, the school was finally registered as a regular secondary school, allowing students to sit for their national examinations as regular school candidates Since then, the centre is a full-fledged secondary school which caters for both boys and girls and provides a four-year secondary education. The students have been able to complete external examinations in Forms 2 and 4 and the school has progressively built good reputation for academic success.

 

Target Group.

The targeted group is unique because it comprises of both boys and girls from different backgrounds. Don Bosco Secondary School is guided in its work by the spirit and principles of Don Bosco.
The students come mainly from poor and also difficult situation; hence it is not an ordinary school. Some of the students are sponsored by the Salesians while others by organizations or individuals. The school targets the ages between 13 to 22 years. The school provides a free mid-day meal for all the students.

 

Academic Performance.

The overall academic performance for the school is good as reviewed From Two Secondary Education Examination and Certificate for Secondary Education Examination (CSEE) for 2013 and 20 14 For F'I'SEIE the students who scored A-D grades were 44/44 (100%) and 45/45 (100% distributed as A - 44%, B - 40%, C - 13% and D 3%) respectively while CSEE students who scored Division I - III were 8/9 (89%) and 33/50 (66% distributed as Div I - 4%, Div II - 14% and Div III - 48% respectively.

 

Extra-Curricular activities.

The students are involved in extracurricular activities the students involved themselves actively in many sports and games besides learning. There is also the formation of clubs such as Young Christian Students (YCS), Drama Club, Scouts and TAKUKURU (Anti-corruption followed up by the headmaster), Art club etc.

 

AN URGENC NEED: A LABORATORY

In May 2014, the first Whole School Inspection was conducted by a team of Government Inspectors. In assessment for clean certificate, the school scored 55% thus deserving a letter of Encouragement from the Zonal Chief Inspector of School. the Inspection report, various recommendations were made and in term of buildings, it was noted that, the school lacks the following:

  • Chemistry Laboratory
  • Biology Laboratory
  • Physics Laboratory
  • Geography room.

These gaps had already been identified by the Salesians given that what is available as laboratory is a small classroom where students go in shifts. The room currently being used as laboratory does not have the necessary equipment and it serves the four subjects (chemistry, biology, physics and as a geography room).

Previously, during the national exams, the students used to be taken to a nearby school for the practical exams (physics, chemistry and biology). For instance, in 2013, 9 students sat for their practical exams at karanga Secondary school. However, as the number increases, it has not been possible to take the students to other school. For instance, in 2014, the school had 50 students who needed to sit for practical exams. The school was forced to improvise the school social hall as temporary laboratories. This is a challenge to the students since they do not have an experience of a laboratory set up and also a health concern especially with the use of kerosene stoves in classes and exams.

However, the students have continuously improved their performance in sciences which means that with laboratories in place, they can perform even better. The construction of laboratory block is also expected to encourage more students to choose science subjects.