As parents and guardians prepare to admit their children to High School on Monday, February 6, 2023, it is different for the family of 13-year-old Susan Mbithe who lives with her eldest brother in Athi River, Machakos County.
Speaking to K24 Digital, John Mwitigi, Mbithe's brother explains how life has been hard for them since their father lost a job after the closure of East Africa Portland cement (blue triangle cement company) where he was working as a casual labourer in the department of maintenance.
"Our mother died in 2013 while we were still young. Our father was working at the inland ports which were since closed and their dues were never paid. We don't see the hope of it happening," he explains.
John explains that his sister's dream of joining the Limuru Girls High school after scoring 395 marks may not come to pass since they have not been able to raise the school fees required.
"She worked pretty hard and scored 395 marks and was called to Limuru Girls High School. We took the admission letter and the amount of fees needed is too much considering I do not have a job. The school referred to buying the uniform at a specific store and the cost is 45,000. This is more than halfway even the fees. We cannot even afford the uniform leave alone the fees," a teary John narrated.
The family is calling on well-wishers and sponsors to help their daughter actualize her dream of being a surgeon.
He stated that they had applied for the Wings to Fly and Elimu Scholarships but their efforts were futile since they were never called for interviews.
"We applied for the Wings to Fly scholarship but the people at Equity bank told us to wait for the Elimu scholarship which we also applied for and submitted. Despite doing all that, we were never called for an interview; We have tried approaching other banks who have sponsorship programs but it has all been in vain," he added.
Efforts to get help from the local Member of Parliament (MP) have also been futile.
"I pray that God touches the heart of well-wishers who will help me join Limuru girls and pursue my dream," Mbithe stated.
Form one students across the country are expected to start reporting to their various schools tomorrow, Monday, February 6, 2023, a week after Junior Secondary School students reported to their various schools.
A total of 1,244,188 candidates sat the examination countrywide with the 2022 KCPE class being the last cohort of the 8-4-4 system.