Security guard who scored B plain lacks fees to join college

Shadrach Musila aged 24, at his work station in Kakamega town. He scored a B-plain in KCSE of 2011 and has never joined college due to lack of fees. [Duncan Ocholla, Standard]

A 24-year old student from Ikonyero area in Kakamega County is seeking help to raise college fees.

He is supposed to join the Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) – Kakamega campus to take a Diploma course as a laboratory Technologist but doesn’t have tuition fee totaling to Sh80,700.

The student, Shadrach Musila, is an orphan and the breadwinner of the family. His father, Zachariah Kihulusi and Beatrice Kemunto, both died in 1998 and 2003 respectively.

After sitting for his Kenya Certificate of Primary School (KCPE) examinations in 2007, he secured a chance to join Kakamega High School. His first term school fees were paid by Lurambi Constituency Development fund.

In an interview at the Kakamega Standard offices, the student (Musila) made local arrangement with the management of the school in which during April, August and December holidays, he worked as a cleaner at Kakamega School and then the wages were transferred to his school fees account.

“I sat for my Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams in 2011 and scored a B-plain of 63 points. I just missed a point to secure a direct university admission. I was unable to pick my KCSE certificate over a balance of Sh63,000,” said Musila.

Musila said after KCSE, he secured a job as a herdsboy in Navakholo sub county, he used to get Sh1,800 per month where he worked for 14 months.

“I used to save Sh1,500 to clear the debt at Kakamega School and after 14 months, I was remaining with a balance of Sh50,000,” said Musila.

He said in January 2013, he secured a job as a security guard in one of the security companies in Kakamega (Heson Security Company), saying he was getting Sh3,800 and worked here for two years.

But his wish of looking for money to clear school arrears were futile after his younger brother joined form one at Ikonyero Secondary School, something that forced him to start paying for his tuition fee.

“I moved to Lavington Security Company in January 2015 where I was getting Sh6,000. When am paid my salary, I take Sh3000 as school fees for my brother and the balance to cater for food and emergency cases,” said Musila.

Last year, a good samaritan helped him get his form four certificate from Kakamega School and applied for a diploma course at KMTC as a laboratory technology. He got a calling letter to join KMTC Kakamega campus this month.

“I am appealing to well-wishers to come for my aid so that I can join the college and then after my studies secure a job and help in bringing up my brothers and sisters,” said Musila.

Kakamega School Principal, George Orina, said he released his certificate so that it can help him secure admission at the college.

“He comes from a very humble background and any help accorded to him will be highly appreciated. He is a very hardworking young man who is very bright. I appeal to Kenyans to come for his aid,” said Mr Orina

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