In Summary
  • The 16 year old boy who attained 390 marks out of the possible 500 in the 2013 KCPE exam says his ambition of becoming a neurologist may just be a mirage as his mother is not able to raise his high school fees.
  • Jembe got an admission letter from Alliance High School after the selection exercise for national schools was done.
  • He emerged the top candidate at Kiine Primary School in Sagana, Kirinyaga County.
  • Ms Riziki told the Nation that she cannot save enough to enable his bright son continue with his schooling because she earns too little and has many mouths to feed.

When he received an admission letter to join one of the prestigious schools in Kenya, 16 years old Moses Jembe Mrima was elated.

But his joy was short lived after his mother told him that he could not join the school due to lack of finances.

Primary education could be the end of his learning.

But determined to further his education and attain his goals, Jembe started looking for sponsors from different banks within Mishomoroni.

But his endeavours were futile as he has not been successful to get any financial support.

Armed with the admission letter from join Alliance High School Mrima and his mother decided to visit the Nation Coast bureau office and narrate his story.

The second born child in a family of six children says his mother whom they live with in Bombolulu area in Mombasa County earns a living from washing clothes.


He says his mother now struggles to bring them up after she separated with their father who did odd jobs to bring food on the table and always came home drunk.

“I have completed my primary school education.

I have been admitted to join Alliance High School.

But my mother who is our sole breadwinner cannot afford to pay the required fees from her work of washing clothes.

My elder brother never completed his education due to the same predicament,” narrated Jembe.

“But I want my life story to be different because as the second born I want to be a role model to my siblings,” he said, insisting that he must find a sponsor in order to complete his education.

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