Kaptagat Prospectus 1969

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  well advised to read the report published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office entitled "Assistance with the Cost of Boarding Education" (1960).
  Why is Kaptagat co-educational?
     
    For time immemorial the strong tradition in both Preparatory and Public Schools has been boys only or girls only. All these schools are now giving serious thought to the possibility of taking steps towards co-education. Kaptagat has always been co-educational and always will be. The Headmaster has had nearly twenty-five years experience of co-educational education in preparatory schools and still has heard of no valid argument to separate children at this age and to place them in an artificial single-sex environment. The reason is sometimes put forward that boys and girls should be educated separately because they are different. It seems that this is the very reason why they should be educated together, so that they become aware of their differences in a normal community and grow up together learning to cope with each other's differences. No boy has worked worse as a result of having girls in the classroom, some have worked definitely better.
 
     
  Neither Preparatory Schools nor Public Schools look favourably upon parents who withdraw their children as soon as they have sat their Common Entrance examination. Children should be using the remainder of their last term in putting back into the school something of what they have gained from it and, in so doing, learn a few lessons in leadership and self reliance. Even though these are not examination subjects they do form a very important and integral part of the Headmaster's final report which children take with them.
 
 
     
  What examinations are children prepared for?
   
  If children show outstanding ability they can be entered for Public School Scholarships. During the last eight years children from Kaptagat have been awarded twelve scholarships to English and Scottish Public Schools.
 
   
       
    What is the School's attitude to religion?
   
 
      The School is a Christian foundation and worship plays an important and central part in its life. On weekdays there is a short service before school begins. On Sundays there is either a Morning or an Evening Service.
  Children are also prepared for the Public Schools Common Entrance Examination and work to this syllabus during their time at Kaptagat. The earliest a boy can take this examination is the term in which he turns thirteen but this depends on his standard and maturity. Girls may take their Common Entrance Examination at either eleven, twelve or thirteen years of age. We consider eleven a little too early and girls at thirteen a little too old and prefer girls to take the examination during the year in which they are twelve.
 
   
       
    Instruction classes are held, at least once a week during term time for those who wish to attend, by the local Anglican Padre and also the Roman Catholic Priest.
   
       
    In recent years we have welcomed children of many and varied religions who may make their own choice as to whether they attend the School's central form of Worship. Whatever their choice the School aims to foster amongst its numbers respect and consideration for other people's beliefs and ways of thought.
 
     
  Kenya Secondary Schools prefer to accept children in either May or September on their performance in the Common Entrance Examination.
 
 
     
  During the last ten years out of two hundred and fifty-nine candidates for both the Boys and the Girls Common Entrance Examinations, two hundred and fifty-four have been successful and accepted in the school of their first choice.
 
       
    The view is strongly held that religion is a way of life and every effort is made to ensure that its influence permeates the life and attitudes of the School.
 
               
  Arrangements can be made for children to sit the 11+ examination so that on returning to the United Kingdom they can enter Comprehensive or Grammar Schools.
           
    The School is a Founder Member of the Christian Churches Education Association of East Africa.
             
                   
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