BY JARED OPIYO
A bright but needy pupil in Kisumu who scored 402 marks in her KCPE may miss her form one for lack of school fees.
Joan Princess Akinyi went to MM Shah primary school in Kisumu town and her parents are appealing to the government and other well-wishers to chip in and help their daughter realise her dreams by joining secondary school.
Akinyi who received her calling letter from the prestigious Mary Hill School in Thika said she was dejected to learn from her parents how narrow were her possibilities of proceeding with education due to financial constraints.
The girl laments that her hopes of becoming a neurosurgeon may have been washed away by what she considered bad news from her mother. She lives with her mother, Emily Anyango, in the sprawling Shauri Moyo estate in Kisumu with three other siblings while her jobless father lives at their rural home in Kisumu Karateng.
“I do not want to even imagine missing this opportunity. What I know is that I am not joining any school apart from Mary Hill where I have been called,” she said.
Apart from science which she scored B+, Akinyi scooped straight As in English, Kiswahili, Mathematics and social Studious and Religious Education.
According to her mother, the family is in need of over Sh 100, 000 to help their daughter join the school adding that what was being offered by the CDF as a bursary could not help them as it was too little.
However, the office of Kisumu County Women Representative has made a commitment to offer necessary support to the girl and other bright needy pupils.
In a telephone interview with this writer, Kisumu Women Representative Rose Nyamunga challenged other leaders from the region to join hands and ensure that bright needy students access quality education.
Nyamunga who promised unspecified support to the girl added that her office was open and ready to respond quickly to issues touching on education.