A 32-year-old mother of one who resumed her studies in the year 2018 after seven years of marriage has posted an impressive grade in the 2020 KCSE examination.
Purity Nkatha is a source of inspiration to other girls who have dropped out of school for various reasons, that they can also resume studies and perform exemplary.
Nkatha, a first-born child in a family of eight children, scored a B in the recently released national exams.
She dropped out of school in 2006 while in Form Two, following a domestic dispute pitting her mother and her adopted father.
The brawl led to the man chasing Nkatha away using a panga and threatening to kill her, before he later chased away her mother and siblings, and selling off the family land in Timau area of Meru County.
Being the eldest child, she had to do menial jobs in order to support her mother and siblings who had moved into a rented room.
A friend of hers asked her to travel to Malindi, with a promise of securing her a job. But when she arrived in the coastal town, reality dawned on her when the friend wanted her to be a sex worker, an idea she objected.
Speaking to TV47 Digital, Nkatha says a well wisher who was working with telecom giant Safaricom in the town helped her out and gave her a place to stay.
Nkatha’s desire to complete her secondary school studies was still burning within her, and when she met her spouse, Samuel Ng’ang’a Githuku, in the year 2012, she knew that her dream would be accomplished the moment she realized that he was a high school teacher.
With her new support system (spouse) helping her to support her family back home, the couple was blessed with a baby girl, and Nkatha started her private studies in 2018, reading Form 1 and 2 books in preparation to go back to school.
In the year 2019, she joined Magumoni Girls’ Secondary school in Tharaka Nithi County, leaving behind their now seven-year-old daughter under the care of her father who gladly accepted the new role in support of Nkatha’s desire to sit for her KCSE.
While in School, Nkatha says that she gladly wore her uniform and interacted well with the young girls who became her classmates and obeyed her teachers, some of whom were younger than her.
She did not prepare adequately for KCSE
Her preparations for KCSE were, however, hampered by illness, after she fell sick in September last year and was admitted in various hospitals in Isiolo and Meru counties, before being taken to Karen Hospital-Nairobi in February this year and diagnosed with a condition known as auto-immune disorder.
Due to the challenges, she was unable to prepare adequately for the exams, having not completed the syllabus.
All this while, however, she was determined to cover for the lost time in hospital, and revised for the exams while taking her medication and still managed to score a B, which is a major encouragement to other girls who could have dropped out of school due to various reasons.
Nkatha now intends to join the university and pursue a bachelors degree in education, which she says will help her give back to the community by helping other needy girls to get education as she is also a beneficiary of other people’s good will.