Fees hurdle stands between bright boy, school

Monday, December 16th, 2019 00:00 |
Nelson Mwangi of Sharp Education Centre Kayole is carried shoulder-high after scoring 420 marks in KCPE. His parents can’t afford Form One fees at Kagumo High. Photo/PD/PHILLIP KAMAKYA

Nelson Mwangi from Matopeni in Kayole, Nairobi, was among the top performers in Nairobi county having scored 420 marks. However, he has nothing to celebrate about at the moment. 

Even his mother Joyce Wanjiru does not hide her worries despite her son’s exemplary performance.

She is not sure whether her son will join Kagumo High School in Nyeri, where he has been admitted to.  

“I believe God will open doors for us. I believe we will secure a scholarship for him.

We have no money set aside for his education because even getting food for our daily meals is a challenge,” says Wanjiru.

Mwangi, who studied at Sharp Educational Centre, Kayole, is the last born in his family. His parents are casual labourers and cannot  afford his fees.

He relied on the goodwill of the centre’s management to pay his primary school fees and other necessities.

“We have walked with Nelson all through from Baby Class to date. We realised he is a bright boy and decided to give him a chance.

The school has been paying for his fees, transport and meals but we are now worried about what will happen to him,” said Paul Wanjohi, one of the institution’s directors.

Mwangi is confident his future is bright once he gets support to join a secondary school. He thanks the Sharp management for educating him through primary school. 

He applied for Equity Bank’s Wings to Fly  newly launched  Elimu scholarship programme and hopes to be among the lucky beneficiaries.

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