A Form One student has shocked many after trekking 50 km to save his form one slot at the St Joseph boy’s national school.
George Masinde says he decided to undertake the gruesome 50 km walk after some of her neighbours told him that he will miss the slot if he did not report to the school today.
Dressed in his former St Teresa’s Primary School uniform and in slippers, the boy walked from Kona Mbaya junction to the Kitale-based school so as to secure the slot.
“I was told that if I did not report to my school of choice (St Joseph) today, the slot would be given to someone else.”
Masinde says that his parents are poor and rely on vegetable selling thus could not offer any help and efforts to apply for bursary funds failed.
“My mother and father rely on a small kibanda where they sell vegetables and barely afford to feed me and my other siblings thus could not even raise transport and my efforts to try to apply for the several bursaries offered by both the national and county plus other entities did not yield fruits.”
Masinde who scored 370 marks and aspires to be a pilot says that he woke up at 3 am in the morning to be in school at 8 am.
“I feared for my life but thinking of my future life and career I had no option other than to take the walk”
His mother Damaris Mutenyo was shocked in the morning when she woke up and was told that her boy had decided to take the long trek to secure his place at the prestigious school.
“I woke up at around 6 am to attend to my vegetable business and was shocked to be told by neighbours that my boy had decided to trek to Kitale to secure the space.”
She has since called on well-wishers to help her educate her last-born son saying he was her only hope for the future.
On his part, the school principal Godfrey Owuor says that he was shocked when the boy arrived at the school.
“I was sitting in my office when my secretary told me I had a visitor and in entered the boy in tattered primary school uniform shaking from the current cold weather in Kitale. He pleaded with me to let him join his fellow form ones as he had nothing but the tattered uniform and a pair of slippers.”
The school headteacher has urged well-wishers to help the boy chase his dream.