- Well-wishers donated money through a crowdfunding initiative.
- The needy candidates received the stationery before their exams.
Just in case you were about to lose hope over all the disheartening news, don’t. Here is some good news.
Some 202 pupils had one less thing to worry about after a group of well-wishers gave them stationery to use during the KCPE exams.
The candidates needed functioning mathematical sets, pencils, rubbers and rulers to enable them comfortably sit their exams.
But some of their families’ economic situations, usually precarious and now exacerbated by the political turmoil, had made it difficult to afford the items.
The cost of a new mathematical set is prohibitive, around Sh250, which is easily a day’s wage for a casual labourer.
School supplies therefore slide low down the list of priorities when compared to more pressing needs such as food, rent and clothes.
For these children, who come from Kibera, Kawangware and Kayole in Nairobi County and from Siaya County, help arrived at the right moment.
In Kibera, Raila Education Centre was looted and vandalised by youth who were angry that it was being used as a polling station in the October 26 repeat presidential election.
The school lost valuable property, including books and stationery, making things uncertain for candidates sitting this year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exam.
The school has both primary and secondary school sections and is an examination centre.
“We usually provide books and stationery to the pupils as need arises and we store the supplies in the school library. The looters made away with all of it, including sanitary towels for girls, leaving us at a loss about what to do during the KCPE exam,” said Mrs Eunice Onyango, the headmistress.