A student who scored 354 marks in last year’s KCPE in Tharaka-Nithi county is seeking assistance from leaders, well-wishers and the government to raise shs50, 000 required for him to join form one next week.
Geoffrey Munene, who sat for his exams at Gakurungu primary school in Ciakariga ward of Tharaka Sub County is required to pay annual fees of Sh40, 535 by January 15 when he is expected to report at Kaaga Boys High School in the neighbouring Meru County.
“I have to seek menial jobs at the village to support the family including paying school fees for my siblings, three in high school and one in university,” Karigua said adding that he also requires an additional shs10, 000 for shopping.
His father Daniel Karigua told journalists at their home that he had visited quite a number of government offices seeking help but to no avail.
The 60-year-old, who relies on casual jobs at the village to support the family, further noted that it was challenging for him to raise all the money considering that four other siblings were also in school.
“I am afraid that he might not be able to report to school next week as we are not in a position to pay all the fees,” said the father.
One of the student’s brother said during holiday breaks, they have no option but to join their parents on other people’s farms to help provide for the family.
“We do not have livestock and therefore have to help our parents when at home for holidays,” Gitemba said.
By David Mutwiri