In Summary
  • The student, who has been posting exemplary results, including 441 marks just before the KCPE exam, is still at their single-roomed house at Marurui in Ruaraka.
  • Anne* not her real name scored an impressive 376 marks.
  • A partial orphan, Anne risks missing her opportunity to join Chania Girls High School in Thika.

Raped and now raising a child, Anne* is staring at another misfortune as she is not sure whether she will pursue her secondary education.

Having sat her Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination last year while eight-and-half-months pregnant and having missed most of the third term, the 15-year-old scored an impressive 376 marks at Ruaraka Academy.

Her school says she had always been their top pupil, including scoring 441 marks just before the KCPE exams, but the rape and the ensuing pregnancy derailed her.

She has been called to Chania Girls High School in Thika.

But even as other students started to report to new schools on Monday, the future looks bleak for Anne.

'DIRE SITUATION'

A partial orphan, she lost her mother at a tender age and her father is not able to raise enough money for her school fees and other needs.

The student is still at their single-roomed house at Marurui in Ruaraka.

“She is our immediate neighbour here where they stay near Wings of Compassion. She is still at home. It is not possible for her to go to school as the father cannot afford the needed school fees. Now that the schools have opened, she locks herself in a room with her baby crying, wishing help would come her way,” says Ms Dorcas Kang’ethe from Wings of Compassion, the organisation that has been helping her take care of her child.

She says that the girl told them that she was raped in March last year as she was going for shopping one night by a man who was still unknown, as he had just relocated in the neighbourhood.

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