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I want to pursue law, says candidate with special needs

Caroline Wanjugu Mwangi, 17, a 2020 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) candidate with special needs (Albinism) from Mahiga Girls’ High School in Othaya Sub-county, Nyeri County scored an A (Minus) of 76 points.

Mr Francis Mwangi Kagunda and his wife Regina Waithira (Right) with their two daughters with special needs Caroline Wanjugu (Second left) and Eveline Wambui at their home in Thunguri village, Othaya Sub-county, Nyeri County, Monday. Photo by Mwangi Gaitha.

Her dream is to pursue a law degree to help the poor in the society acquire justice and also help the downtrodden.

Ms Mwangi, Index Number 08237012216 got A- in English, Kiswahili A, Mathematics A-, Biology B, Physics B, Chemistry B-, CRE A and Business Studies A.

Speaking on Monday at her home in Thunguri village, about five Kilometers from Othaya town after the results were released by |Education Cabinet Secretary (CS), Prof George Magoha, Mwangi said “I did not expect it to come out this way, I did not have high expectations after we stayed at home for close to seven months”.

She added, “It was exciting, it was marvelous having heard my name on the TV that I have attained an A-, coming from CS (Prof George Magoha) himself”.

Caroline thanked God, her parents, teachers and all those who supported and encouraged her in her education journey that resulted in scoring a good grade.

“The journey has been partially hard having to recover the lost time that we stayed at home,” a joyous Mahiga Girls’ alumnae said.

Caroline said pupils with special needs should be integrated with normal students, adding that despite their condition, they are just like them and are capable of doing better.

“I feel it is good to integrate them with normal pupils so that they can experience normal pupils’ lives and create awareness that they have abilities like normal pupils,” Mwangi said.

Caroline joins her elder siblings, Brother Joseph Kagunda and Sister Eveline Wambui who are also with special needs (Albinism).

Interestingly, the three are specially blessed with learning brainpower as Kagunda has graduated from Moi University and Wambui is pursuing economics and statistics at the Mt Kenya University. Wambui also schooled at Mahiga Girls’ High School.

Their mother Regina Waithira is all praises to God, saying that He has blessed them and identified them from others.

Mrs Waithira thanked the Mahiga Girls’ fraternity for admitting the two daughters to the institution and moving with them in the education journey.

She has advice to parents of children with special needs, “I request all parents of children with special needs not to hide them but to take them to school. They are capable of doing well,” Waithira said.

By Mwangi Gaitha




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