Susan Kihika Offers To Sponsor Top KCPE Student's High School Fees
Susan Kihika, the Nakuru County Senator, has promised to fully sponsor a top KCPE student who has apparently been working menial jobs in order to raise funds for her form one admission to Alliance Girls High School.
Christine Wambui, 14, was the top student at Maombi Primary School in Nakuru in the 2021 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) with 403 marks. She has, however, been compelled to work menial jobs due to a lack of school fees.
“I know my parents are struggling to meet the basic needs, but I will not let my dreams of joining Alliance Girls fade. I will do basic manual work at home to raise money and reduce the fees burden on my parents,” she said during an interview with Nation.
Christine said she had done a variety of income-generating activities, such as selling vegetables, hoping that the small amount she has raised will be accepted by Alliance Girls when she reports on May 3, 2022.
“According to the admission letter, the first-term fee is Ksh22,000 while other overhead costs are about Ksh20,000, bringing the total fees to Ksh42,000. I know I cannot raise this amount of money as I’m supposed to report on May 3, but whatever little I will raise, I will take it to the Alliance Girls High School principal and plead to her to allow me to join Form One,” she told the publication.
Senator Kihika responded to Christine's story by offering to pay all of Christine's school fees for the rest of her education. She urged anyone with information on how to contact Christine or her family to contact her office.
“Trying to locate this brilliant girl. Anyone who can help me get in touch with her or her family? I would be honored to sponsor her education (Form 1 through Form 4),” Kihika posted on Twitter.
Kihika pledged to finance the girl throughout her high school education in a statement dated Tuesday, April 26.
Education, according to the Nakuru Senator, is the best equalizer and should be made affordable to all members of society, regardless of their social standing or economic background.