Announcement

CHANGE OF CURRICULUM

We the management of Nice View Gratitude Academy decided to change the school curriculum from the British adopted curriculum (I.G.C.S.E) to Kenyan curriculum.

The decision was reached upon holding a number of consultative meetings and discussing about the entire future life of a common child of Msambweni community. The discussions were also based on the vision of the entire Nice View Project (Projekt Schwarz Weiss).

The reasons found to be worth changing the Education System includes:

SCHOOL RUNNING COST

a. FACILITIES REQUIRED

It is very expensive to put up the required facilities within the required time frame. For instance, a well equipped laboratory, a spacious and well furnished library, a secure storage place for examination materials.

This cannot be achieved between now and May 2013 when students were to sit for Checkpoint Examination.

b. EXAMINATION CHARGES

i. Administration fee by the examination body

The school is required to pay about £5000 (Kenya shillings 690,000) annually to the examining body as a Centre fee (Exam centre administration fee) plus the postage and other service charges. This translates to approximately £6000 (Kenya shillings 820,000).

ii. Student examination fees

Each candidate is supposed to pay about £40 (5,500 Kenya shillings) per examinable subject in addition to the charge by the Kenya National Examination Council of £15 (2,000 Kenya shillings) as a candidate registration. This totals to about £135(18,500 Kenya shillings) for the Checkpoint Examination at Year 9 and £295 (40,300 Kenya Shillings) for IGCSE “O” level examination.

This however implies that the parent should have paid extremely much more than the school fees charged.

THE FUTURE OF CHILDREN

Since the inception of this school, most parents around Msambweni have been skeptical about the education system we offer. This made them either not admitting their children in or transferring them shortly after admission.

We considered their concerns that teaching a Kenyan curriculum will enable parents to:

i. assist their children in tackling homework since they are conversant with the kind of work the children are taught at school

ii. be sure of the proper transition of their children from primary school to secondary and advise their children on matters of future career

iii. pay for the secondary school education which is subsidised by the Kenyan government.(for the parents whose children are not sponsored)

In summary, we are at the moment not in the position to meet the above requirements since the school’s financial status is unstable and unpredictable. Also we decided not to charge parents extra monies to cater for the above expenses.

Therefore having considered the aforementioned reasons, we decided to implement an education system that:

• will be affordable to most parents

• will allow parents to take an active role towards monitoring the progress of their child(ren) and

• will be cost effective to the management.

Although the education system has changed, the aspects of learning and provision of other services will not change.

We will continue to impart the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes that prepare children for secondary education and beyond and to face life challenges with courage through:

• using modern teaching methods/pedagogy

• identifying and nurturing the many and varied talents that children have through clubs for further exploitation

• continuously providing training to the teachers on modern approaches of teaching

• assigning pupils tasks that enable them to carry out research in the library, internet and real work places.

NOTE

• School fee is inclusive of learning materials and meals.
• There is no extra fee on clubs.
• There are no extra charges on individual tuition and Kindergarten Holiday program.
• There are no extra charges on computer classes and internet access.