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Twist of events: Bomet girl appealing for help to join Form One doesn’t know how to read, write

In Summary

  • Maureen Chepngeno, it was discovered wasn’t an orphan as her grandmother had claimed.
  • Turns out she could not even write her name. She apologised to education officials and pleaded to be taken to a vocational trainig institute to pursue a course in hairdressing.

The Ministry of Education has been working tirelessly to ensure all students, regardless of their financial incapacities, join Form One.

This prompted the Ministry of Education, led by Cabinet Secretary George Magoha, to launch a nationwide mop-up exercise targetting 150,000 Form Ones who had not reported to secondary schools by the January 24 deadline.

In the process of helping genuinely needy children from poverty-stricken families, however, they have met crooks.

During one of their visits to a girl’s home in Chepkosa village within the outskirts of Bomet County, education officers were shocked on learning one of the girls who benefitted from the noble exercise had provided false information.

Maureen Chepngeno, according to her grandmother, was an orphan and needed a scholarship to join Form One.

The area Assistant Chief Samson Ng’etich, tasked with verifying details of needy students, noticed information provided by Chepngeno’s grandmother Sarah Keter had been concocted.

Girl’s journey to vocational school

Her journey to join Form One took a fresh twist after it turned out that the girl was neither an orphan nor did she want to join secondary school.

Although the girl has been raised by her grandmother, it was discovered that both her parents are alive and reside in Nakuru County.

When she got admitted at St Michael’s Secondary School thanks to the mop-up exercise, Chepngeno could not comprehend English.

“I don’t know how to read and write. It will be very hard for me to move on with secondary education,” the teenager told the education officials and the local administrator when she was taken to school.

The school principal Christopher Sitienei was shocked when she could not even write her name. Education officers who were present probed the matter further where they uncovered the truth.

The “innocent” girl admitted she wants to join a vocational training institute and pursue a course in hairdressing and beauty.

“I am so sorry, I have wasted your efforts to ensure that I am admitted in form one. I was not ready, it was my grandmother’s idea, despite her raising me and her willingness to have me join secondary school, I am not in a position to read and write in English properly,” Kenya News Agency quoted her.

Luckily for her, the officers took her to one of the technical institutions with the funds that had been raised for her to join secondary school.


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