Laikipia Student Sells Charcoal to Raise Fees

A form three student at Ndururumo High School, Laikipia county, is selling charcoal in Kiamaina slum in the outskirts of Nyahururu town to raise school fees.

Philip Ngunjiri was sent home at the beginning of the term for Sh80,000 arrears.

He now may drop out of school as his parents cannot raise the money.

Ngunjiri has been assisting his parents to raise the fees by doing menial jobs.

Ngunjiri has called on well-wishers to assist him so he finishes school.

The 16 year-old boy wants to study economics and statistics in university.

When the Star visited the village, Ngunjiri was busy reading as he waited for customers.

He said he saves the money he makes to pay the fees arrears and look for ways of raising fees for the remaining one year .

“A good samaritan was paying the fees for me but he has stopped nowadays because he is not well up financially,” Ngunjiri said.

He said his efforts to get assistance from the Laikipia government bursary fund have not borne fruit.

Margaret Mugure said she has been seeing Ngunjiri sale charcoal in school uniform during class time.

Ngunjiri’s mother Ruth Wamuyu said they have been unable to raise the money as she and her husband depend on casual jobs, “which many times are not forthcoming”.

The family lives in a house donated by a local church as they cannot pay rent.

Efforts to reach the school principal Francis Mwangi failed.