Several students admitted to Form One in Kenya find themselves on the brink of missing out on education due to financial constraints. This predicament has pushed some, like a 14-year-old girl from Kajiado County, to attempt suicide three times.

The young girl, with dreams of becoming an engineer, scored an impressive 327 marks in the 2023 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exam. Her inability to attend school has led to emotional distress, with the mother, a breadwinner working as a mama mboga, appealing desperately for assistance from well-wishers.

Philemon Isoe, a 15-year-old with aspirations of becoming an aeronautical engineer, faces a similar plight. Scoring 336 marks, he resorts to collecting scrap metal to fund his education, as his mother struggles to make ends meet.

Aroma Mkambe, aged 13 and scoring 342 marks, joins her mother in washing clothes to earn a living and pay for her school fees. Despite her efforts, the money saved falls short even for a school uniform.

Kennedy Mucheru Irungu, another victim of financial limitations, scored 345 marks and is uncertain about joining Nyahururu Boys Secondary School due to a lack of school fees.

Koina Omboga, an outstanding student with 388 marks, dreams of becoming a neurosurgeon but faces barriers as his parents cannot afford to send him to Kisii High School.

Basic Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang expressed concerns about over 70% of the 1,400,329 admitted Form One students reporting to school, raising fears of potential dropouts among those yet to attend.

This predicament extends to bright yet needy students like Humphrey Bianker Shalome, who dreams of becoming a doctor but faces the grim reality of missing admission to Ng’iya Girls School due to financial constraints.

Saly Tracy Adhiambo, another high achiever with 380 marks, is in a similar situation. Offered a place at Ng’iya Girls High School, her single mother cannot afford the fees, leaving the 13-year-old in distress.

Jenevive Nnaji Dancun, physically challenged and scoring 373 marks, is called to Ogande Girls High School, yet her father, without a source of income, appeals for support to fulfill his daughter’s educational aspirations.

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