A 13 year old orphan from Kajiado county who scored 400 marks in the 2017 KCPE examinations whose hopes of joining form one were almost shuttered due to poverty will now join Tenwek High school after a well-wisher paid his annual fees totaling Sh. 53,000.
The teen, Joshua Mang’atta Kuyuni was forced to seek employment as a herds boy after his guardian who had taken him through his primary education at Bridge International Academy failed to raise the required secondary school fees.
The teenager whose father and mother died years back was admitted at Tenwek High school in Kericho County, but he could not take up his place due to failure by the guardian to raise his fee.
Following an appeal on social media, which was carried out by Kenya News Agency, a philanthropist who only gave his name as Njuguna, wired the required amount of fees to the school account in Kericho, and notified the principal on phone.
Tenwek High school principal Simon Chesebe acknowledged receipt of the money and told the well-wishers that Mang’atta’s slot in the school was still intact, and that they were free to take him to the institution.
The Thika Cloth mills had earlier pledged to pay the student’s school fees for the entire four year period, while other well-wishers have pledged to buy his necessities tomorrow and have him taken to Tenwek High school on Wednesday.
During an interview with Kenya News Agency today before wellwishers came to his rescue, Mang’atta said he was still optimistic that he would continue with his education despite the financial challenges he was facing.
The bright needy student wants to become a doctor one day, a dream that would have been shuttered had he failed to secure admission to his dream school.
I have always worked hard and dreamt of becoming a surgeon one day so that I can help the poor in the society who cannot afford medical care, said Mang’atta. I became motivated to study hard after I lost my mother to cancer last year February, he added.
I keep myself busy reading story books and tending livestock belonging to a friend to avoid getting negative thoughts into my mind that may shatter my bright future, Mang’atta told KNA.
According to Joseph Kuyuni, a brother and guardian for Mang’atta, the family is not able to raise school fees and now dependent on the mercy of well-wishers.
Kuyuni said he posted the appeal for school fees on social media and continue to wait for good news from the public since he is unable to raise fees as he is jobless.
We have tried approaching several organizations for school fees support from the time my brother got admission to join Tenwek High School in Bomet County in vain, he said.
He said he has known his brother to be a hardworking and upright boy, who could always aim for nothing less but the best.
However, Kuyuni expressed his frustrations from education foundations who offered bursaries in Kajiado County where Mang’atta sat for his KCPE since they only gave priority to needy students from the local and not outsiders.
He said Mang’atta was born in Bungoma County and he transferred him in the year 2016 when his mother was sick and was working as a casual labourer in flower firms within Isinya.
Life has not been easy for us since I am jobless and I have to provide basic needs for my other siblings, including my brother Mang’atta, said the helpless guardian.
Though the Ministry of Education extended the reporting deadline for Form Ones to Wednesday last week, several other needy students like Mang’atta, are yet to join secondary school.
The earlier calendar released by the Education ministry in December 2017, indicated that admissions for form ones were supposed to have been finalized by 12th January.
Source: Kenya News Agency