KCPE 2020: Kenya's Number One Candidate Unable to Join High School

  • An undated image of KCPE 2020 Top Candidate Faith Mumo
    An Undated Image of KCPE 2020 Top Candidate Faith Mumo.
  • Update: Monday, July 26:  Matungulu MP Stephen Mule presented 2020 KCPE best candidate Faith Mumo and her mother with a Ksh120,000 cheque.

    The cheque will is part of a 4-year scholarship awarded to Mumo after her story of her parents being unable to pay her school fees went viral.

    The money will be paid directly to Kenya High School's bank account.

    The scholarship will be funded by the Matungulu Constituency Development Fund (CDF). 

    The 2020 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education(KCPE) top student Faith Mumo risks missing out on her dream school due to lack of school fees.

    Faith was selected to join the Kenya High School after scoring 433 marks out of a possible 500 in KCPE. 

    The 14-year-old girl who sat her exams at Kari Mwailu Primary School expressed her desire to pursue medicine at the University of Nairobi and become a neurosurgeon.

    Top KCSE candidate 2020 Faith Mumo
    Top KCSE candidate 2020 Faith Mumo

    However, her father Paul Mumo stated that they were unable to raise money for her fees and other expenses that may arise during admission.

    This is after a number of well-wishers who promised to cater for her school fees went quiet.

    "There are several people and corporate organizations and private organizations and leaders who promised to support us but have since gone silent," he explained.

    He revealed that he required at least Ksh120,000 for Mumo to successfully join Form One.

    Only Margaret Wanjiru of Jesus is Alive Ministries honoured her promise by sending a Ksh26,000 cheque as part of her school fees. In addition, Mr. Mumo stated that they were expecting an unspecified amount of money from Matungulu MP Stephen Mule.

    He admitted that he plans to report to school with whatever money they will have and plead with the principal to allow them more time to look for the rest of the fees.

    Mr. Mumo, an accountant by profession lost his job in 2020 at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. He resorted to farming vegetables and pepper which he sells to meet the needs of his family.

    He stated that he is unable to pay fees for Mumo and her three other siblings: one in Form 2, another joining Class 8 and another joining Grade 4.

    She is expected to join Form One on August 2, alongside other students who secured placements in various secondary schools in the country.

    Forms ones lining up during the school's admission process
    Forms ones lining up during the school's admission process