Top student turns herdsman after lacking school fees

Top student turns herdsman after lacking school fees

Brian Onyango, a 15-year-old candidate who scored 380 marks in last year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and was admitted to a national school, has resorted to herding cattle in Migori East, Sagegi region due to lack of school fees.

According to Brian who sat his exams at Rikenya Dok Primary School, his mother sought scholarships from banks and other institutions but could not secure any.

He was therefore forced to herd cattle for his neighbors to fend for his family and help his single mother pay school fees for his younger siblings.

“My mother did not get any scholarship that is why I am at home so that I could help her buy food for us,” he said.

Despite facing hardship, Brian remains optimistic noting that one day he will achieve his dream of being a pilot and elevate his family from poverty.

“One day I will achieve my dream of becoming a successful pilot to better my life and build a better house for my family,” he said.

This comes just one day after Faith Wanjiru, a needy student who scored 418 marks in KCPE, was offered full scholarship by the Simon Ng’ang’a Kingara Foundation, in Kiambu County.

Faith had been admitted to Limuru Girls but lacked school fees.

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