Karagwe Secondary School (KARASECO)KARASECO is a co-education boarding school which is owned and run by the ELCT - Karagwe Diocese. The school was opened in 1977 at Lukajange. Due to the shortage of land and lack of tap water, the school was shifted in 1990 to Kishojo village at Kituntu District. The school is located in the rural area, where, like most rural areas in Tanzania, there is lack of access to reliable communication systems. Nevertheless the school is connected to the internet and offers the pupils courses computer education.
At the first intake in 1977, KARASECO started with 80 boys. Today there are 600 pupils studying – 240 girls and 360 boys. Every morning they get up at 5:00 a.m. and study about one hour before their breakfast. Because of the school’s philosophy ‘The mind 100 percent fresh in the early morning’, headmaster Joseph Kabalimu explains the concentrated studies in the morning.
Financially, the school depends entirely on school fees. A very small amount comes from our self-reliance projects.
- To have a school, which is exemplary for a moral and academical education in our society.
- To provide knowledge that will contribute towards recipients’ self-advancement economically and socially so as to enable them participate fully in the national building activities.
- To prepare children physically and spiritually who would later serve the Diocese and the ELCT at large in various activities.
- Four dormitories for girls have been built and also the number of female pupils has been increased.
- According to the increasing number of female students, we also focus on recruiting female teachers. With three new ones in the last year, there are currently five female teachers.
- Since this year a new and in total the tenth combination for the O-Level focusing on the subjects Chemistry, Biology and Agricultural Science is offered. Besides there are the arts’ combinations as HKL (History, Kiswahili, Language), HGL (History, Geography, Language) and HGK (History, Geography, Kiswahili). The economical combination possibilities consist of HGE (History, Geography, Economics) and EGM (Economics, Geography, Advanced Mathematics). PCB (Physics, Chemistry, Biology), PCM (Physics, Chemistry, Advanced Mathematics), PGM (Physics, Geography, Advanced Mathematics) and CBG (Chemistry, Biology, Geography) are part of the sciences’ combinations.
Twinomjuni Nkamuhabwa Kaungya is head of IT department and teaches the subjects Information and Computer Sciences, Mathematics and Physics at KARASECO, for 15 years. “In comparison to other schools, we have very motivated students and our environment is very good for learning: The teachers are available for questions because they live in the near surrounding of the school. And we have many good learning facilities, for example, we have internet access and enough computers to educate the students”, he explains why he has stayed this long time at KARASECO.
- To establish farming activities and teach pupils farming knowledge
- To create a gender sensitive Secondary School and equal the number of female and male students
- To recruit more female teachers
- To finish the library’s construction and begin with constructing a new laboratory
- To construct further water tanks for the school’s water supply
- To grew some of the students’ food at the school fields, maintain animals like cattles, establishing a coffee farm and selling coffee
ContactsMore information through Joseph Kabalimu, Headmaster by Email: email@example.com.
KARASECO, P.O. Box 87, Karagwe, Tanzania
Text: Joseph Kabalimu