In Summary
  • He hopes to further his studies once released in 2019.
  • He explained that before being sentenced he had studied up to Class Eight but dropped out of school.
  • Their class which had 15 candidates recorded a mean score of 317 marks.

An inmate at the Kamiti Maximum Security Prison surprised many after he scored 413 marks in this year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations.

Mr James Macharia Mwangi, 29, is serving a jail term for causing death by dangerous driving. He hopes to further his studies once released in 2019.

“I’m very overjoyed. I’m so happy,” said the smiling inmate who used to be a matatu driver before he was jailed.

He explained that before being sentenced he had studied up to Class Eight but dropped out of school.

“I will continue [with] my education and I hope to study law once I’ve completed Form Four,” he said.

Mr Mwangi, who was carried shoulder high by his fellow inmates who were also his classmates, attributed his success to hard work, discipline and prayers.

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