Pupil who scored 411 marks in KCPE risks missing Form One admission due to lack of school fees

By , K24 Digital
On Sat, 16 Apr, 2022 20:11 | 2 mins read
Mangu High School gate PHOTO/Courtesy

A father in the slums of Mukuru Kwa Njenga is calling on well-wishers and sponsors to help their son join Mang'u High School where he was called to join after scoring 411 marks in the 2021 KCPE examination.

In an interview with K24 Digital, Douglas Nyaribari who is a single father and has raised his two kids single-handedly says he has lost hope of his son Barrack Matthew Nyaribari joining Mang'u High School due to the financial constraint that he has.

He explained that the little money he gets from his water business is only able to get something small to feed his kids.

"The small amount of cash I get from the sale of water, maybe 20 Jericans is enough only to feed us. I don't have a stable job that I can say will be able to raise the fees," Nyaribari said.

The father explained that he tried applying for the Equity Wings to Fly scholarship but got the opportunity had already been closed after being told that he had to wait for the son to be given an admission number at Mang'u High School.

"I tried applying for the Wings to fly Scholarship by Equity but I was given the wrong information that we needed an admission number first. When we went back, the room for application had already been closed," the distressed Nyaribari said.

Matthew sat for his 2021 KCPE exams in Mumias Central Academy where he managed to score 411 marks out of 500 and was selected to join Mang'u High School.

The boy now herds goats in Mumias and says it's the only option he has at the moment.

"I have opted to herd goats because I don't have any other option. I am calling on any well-wishers and sponsors who can help me achieve my dream of becoming an aerospace engineer. This is my humble appeal to CS Magoha too," Matthew explained.

The students are expected to report to their new schools starting May 3, 2022.

The Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha announced that the government will provide 9,000 scholarships to underprivileged students, in accordance with the government's 100% transition strategy.

The CS also said that students from urban informal settlements will be given preference for 4,000 scholarships.