Top KCPE Student Who Has Turned to Tea Picking

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  • A Murang'a candidate who excelled in KCPE has turned to tea picking in a bid to raise school fees.

    Marvin Karimi, who emerged the best in his school with 382 marks, was selected to join Kenyatta Mahiga High School, a step he may not take after his mother Mercy Waruguru was unable to raise the money.

    The ex-Giakaibei Primary School student whose goal is to be a pilot earns Kshs 200 a day from a day in the fields.

    Tea pickers at Nandi Tea Estate Limited in Nandi Hills pluck tea leaves.

    He has given up on joining secondary school as he engages in the casual jobs to assist his mother look after eight of his siblings.

    Waruguru told journalists that they had applied for a scholarship offered by a local bank but were not successful.

    The selectors even carried out a home visit but they never got the sponsorship.

    The Kshs 75,000 fees is a tall order for the mother who has even unsuccessfully tried reaching out to the area MP for assistance.

    “I make Ksh 200 per day which I don’t even manage to save because I have to feed my nine children, and pay fees for the ones in school. How will I be able to organize a fundraiser?

    "At this point, I do not know what else I can do. I have tried my best to get help, but no one wants to help us," Waruguru lamented.

    Earlier on Wednesday, Esther Ndanu Kioko, a 37-year-old woman from Kitui committed suicide after she was unable to raise school fees for her daughter who was supposed to join Form One.

    Students report for form one admissions