An adult learning centre, Nacace High School, in Narok Central Sub County surprised many after it emerged the top school in the county with a mean grade of 7.9 points.
The school’s principal Joshua Kimanzi said the school had a total of 45 adult learners aged between 25 and 47 years old, who beat all odds and managed to shine in the just released Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examination (KCSE).
He noted that 16 candidates had B plain, 17 B-(minus), ten C+ (plus) and one C plain and one C- (minus), meaning only two students did not qualify to join the university from the adult school.
Dr Kimanzi observed that most of his candidates are those who had dropped from school years back because of lack of school fees, teenage pregnancies among other challenges.
The mean grade, he said, is an improvement of last year’s when the school got an average of 7.122 points.
Among those who sat for their secondary national examination in the school was Mercy Chepkurui, who managed a C+ plus. She narrated that she had dropped out of school 20 years ago because of school fees challenges.
Chepkurui, who is a widow and a mother of two children who will sit for their KCSE at the end of this year, said she wants to pursue a degree in Community Development, which has been her passion.
The 45-year-old woman recalled how she faced many challenges in order to get education remembering at some point, she had to sleep very late at night and wake up in the wee hours of the morning in order to revise her class work.
“My score will motivate my children who are candidates this year. I believe they will do better than their mother,” she said.
Another student, Benjamin Upeni, who scored a C+ (plus), attributed his success to God saying he had to remain at home for two years after completing class eight because of lack of school fees.
Upeni, who qualifies to join a public university says he wants to be a teacher so that he can instill knowledge to the younger generation.
By Ann Salaton