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By Agnes Aineah | Published Wed, December 6th 2017 at 08:16, Updated December 6th 2017 at 08:20 GMT +3

Nicole Mary at The Standard Group Offices. [David Njaaga,Standard] 

Nicole Mary, who topped Lakewood School in Komarok with 445 marks, risks missing a chance to join Kenya High School due to lack of funds.

The girl emerged 14th nationally in this year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education.

She will have as school mate Goldalyn Kakuya, the top student in the 2017 national exam.

When she visited The Standard offices yesterday, gone was the happy and cheerful girl that was seen two weeks ago after the declaration of the results.

Instead she was accompanied by an apprehensive father and an equally distressed aunt to state their plea.

Life of struggle

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According to a guidelines document released by the Government earlier this year, the maximum fees payable for boarding schools will be Sh53,000.

But according to Nicole, her parents are nowhere close to raising such an amount.

“I have been with my parents all my life and I have seen their struggle. I know that they cannot afford to pay that much for my school fees,” a sad Nicole said.

Her father, Vincent Oduor, said it had not been easy taking care of his family from his menial jobs.

“I wish I could do more towards their education, but things have never worked out for me,” Mr Oduor said.

The 48-year-old, who works as a taxi driver in Bondo, says the highest he has ever made in business is Sh10,000 a month.

It is from this that he has been paying for his son’s education at Kisumu Boys High School.

And with the Sh5,000 that Nicole’s mother makes every month as a cleaner in Nyayo Estate, the family can only afford to live on a lean budget in the capital.

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