Tears of joy flowed freely for parent’s teachers and student of Stepping Stone Preparatory School in Thika sub-county after 14 year old Emmanuel Njenga popularly known as the “Miracle Boy” excelled in this year’s KCPE results that were released.
Emmanuel Njenga scored 445 marks out of 500 to emerge the top candidate inThika Sub-County starting off a celebration mood in the school believed to have produced over 25 students with above 400 marks.
Lost for joy, the diminutive Emmanuel attributed his success to the fear of the Lord and immeasurable support of his parents whom he praised for not pressurizing him to perform.
“I would like to go to Alliance Boys High school after which I would like to pursue my dream career of medicine and thereafter become a neurosurgeon. There is no secret to performance; the only factors is focus and discipline,” he said happily.
According to his father Michael Wathiomo, Njenga has exhibited miraculous stunts since his birth in year 2004.
The old man said Njenga was born pre-term by three months weighing 1.8 kilograms. After three days in hospital, the excellent performer was taken home for home-incubation.
Njenga who was fed with milk using syringes was able to gain 10 kilograms in a span of two months.
“He has been a survivor and he has fought his way to where he is now. We thank God because it was not our doing but his doing,” said the exited father.
Njenga joined Stepping Stones Preparatory School at the age of three and ahalf years, naïve, weightless and not sure what tomorrow held for him, said the father
“Despite his diminutive size Njenga could do everything that his other normal pupils were doing,” added the father.
Njenga has been schooling at the school for the last ten years a disciplined, obedient and very committed to his studies.
“He has been impressive to us and the teachers and in fact, we have never had a single case of his misbehavior. We thank God for him and we celebrate his performance,” added the father.
His mother Lydiah Wathiomo said that life has not been easy bringing up a pre-term born child recounting how she was ridiculed for birthing a seemingly ‘abnormally small child’.
“The results are just amazing. I cannot better express how I feel about my boy who I birthed before the normal timing and incubated at home. We thank God for this success, we are just very happy,” said the mother.
Chris Irungu, one of the school’s directors revealed that the school has improved on last year’s performance.
“Today is a very special occasion. Njenga has done us proud as well as the formidable team of teachers and the class of 2018 has remarkably improved on their performance,” said Irungu.
Having registered over a hundred candidates for the KCPE exams, over 40 candidates scored 400 marks and above, results the director attributed to disciplined pupils, hardworking teachers and responsible parenting.
In the same school where parents, friends and teachers held a joyful celebration, a 13-year-old Grace Mwende Kamau outstandingly scored 438 marks becoming position two.
Mwende said her dream career is to become a doctor adding that her dream school is Alliance Girls High School.
By Lucy Wangai.