Kakamega School alumni rescues needy student

Kakamega School Alumni Vice Chairman, Mr William Ojonyo shake hands with Joel Mayer (needy student) and the School Principal Mr George Orina after the student secured a form one admission- Photo/CGN Reporter


By CGN Reporter

A student who scored 408 marks in last year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) has finally joined his dream school.

The student who sat his KCPE exams at Sparky Primary School in Mombasa County had not joined form one due to lack of school fees.

Joel Mayer, aged 14, has now joined Kakamega School after his case was highlighted by local dailies last week.

His case was picked up by the Kakamega School Alumni Association who contributed his school fees via WhatsApp platform and had him admitted today.

Addressing the media after securing his admission, the Alumni Vice Chairman, William Ojonyo, said they have paid his tuition fees for this year in full.

Mr Ojonyo assured the school management and his parents that fees for the remaining three years will be paid by the alumni.

“We are now the official parents of the student (Joel Mayer) and we will be monitoring his progress every term. The principal will ensure the alumni gets his progress report at the end of every term. All we demand from him is good results” said Mr Ojonyo.

He said they will continue supporting other needy students in the school as part of the alumni’s way of giving back to the society.

The Vice Chairman affirmed that Kakamega School has a strong alumni team that is committed at ensuring the academic standards of the school are maintained. “This is the school we know and we will do what is humanly possible to ensure the school remains an academic giant in the region,”

Ojonyo who doubles up as the Kenya International Freight and Warehousing Association (KIFWA) chairman said the parents of the students will only be required to cater for the basic needs of the child like shopping and pocket money.

Kakamega School Principal, George Orina, thanked the alumni association for coming to the rescue of the needy student and promised to support the student to achieve his dreams of becoming a shipmaster in future.

“The alumni association has always come to our rescue whenever such cases are reported. They have paid his fees for the whole year and we are proud of them,” said Mr Orina.

The student, Joel Mayer, said his dream of becoming a shipmaster will now be realized after securing admission at Kakamega school two weeks after form ones reported to school.

“I want to thank the alumni association for coming to my rescue. I was not sure where to start from since all my classmates had joined school. I will work hard and deliver good results to my sponsors,” said Mayer.

His father, Jacob Mustapha and mother, Jane Maria, could not hide their joy as their son was escorted to form one to start his four journey of secondary education.

Mr Issah Kweyu, a senior lecturer at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (Mmust) among other old boys accompanied the vice chairman to admit the needy student.