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Boy, 14, in tattered uniform who trekked for 30km in quest for education admitted to St. Joseph’s Boys Kitale

A fourteen-year-old boy whose parents were unable to raise school fees for him to join Form One has shocked many after walking for approximately 30 kilometres to the school he was admitted to, to plead for his slot not to be given out.

George Masinde sat for the 2020 KCPE at St Teresa’s Primary School and scored 370 marks. He was supposed to join Form One on Monday, August 2, but his poor background meant that he will not be joining high school after all.

Fully aware of his predicament, on the day he was supposed to be joining secondary school, Masinde braved up the early morning cold and the daytime scorching sun to trek all the way from his Sinoko village home in Likuyani sub-County to St Joseph’s Boys in Kitale.

He did not inform his mother or father of his drastic plans. In fact, he wore his former primary school uniform and sneaked out.

All this while, he had one mission to accomplish… to try and convince the national school’s administration to bear with his situation and admit him minus school fees.

A map showing distance covered by the boy, from his Sinoko village home in Likuyani sub-County to St. Joseph’s Boys Kitale.
Drastic efforts pay off
George Masinde outside school principal’s office at St Joseph Boys’ Kitale. PHOTOS/TV47

The teenager’s efforts paid off as St. Joseph’s Boys Principal Godfrey Owuor accepted to admit the boy.

“I was sitting in my office when my secretary told me I had a visitor and in entered the boy in tattered primary school uniform shaking from the current cold weather in Kitale. He pleaded with me to let him join his fellow form ones as he had nothing but the tattered uniform and a pair of slippers,” Owuor said.

He admitted him as he appeals for donors to sponsor the boy’s secondary education.

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