In Summary
  • Gabriel Miseda Ogweno and Julius Taiko do not have the money required to join Form One.

  • Master Ogweno, who emerged third in the county with 440 marks, is supposed to join Maranda High School in Nyanza.

  • Master Taiko, abandoned by his mother at a tender age, scored 372 marks. He lives with a foster parent.

  • They have appealed for help from well wishers so they can join others in Form One, when schools reopen on January 2.

As students prepare to return to school on Thursday, two needy pupils from Kajiado County are unsure what will happen even though they excelled in their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) tests.

Gabriel Miseda Ogweno and Julius Taiko do not have the money required to join Form One.

BIG DREAM

Master Ogweno, who emerged third in the county with 440 marks, is supposed to join Maranda High School in Nyanza but his dream could remain just that if he does not find a well wisher or another kind of sponsorship.

Favoured by Our Lady Queen of Mercy Academy in Kitengela, the bright 14-year-old was allowed to write the examinations despite have a fee balance of Sh27,050.

“My parents are casual workers too poor to take me to a national school. My fear is that I could land in a poorly facilitated day school in the neighbourhood, meaning I would have to work extremely hard," Mr Ogweno said during the interview at their home on Sunday.

The boy studied from Standard Three at the school, whose classrooms are made of iron sheets. It is in Kyangombe slum

Mr Ogweno said he often walked to the school that is about five kilometers from their home in Noonkopir.

“Sometimes lady luck knocked my door once or twice and I would get a motorcycle ride."

Gabriel Miseda Ogweno

Gabriel Ogweno from Kajiado County, who scored 430 marks in KCPE examinations but is uncertain about joining Maranda High School for lack of school fees. PHOTO | COURTESY

DISCIPLINE

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