Twins who excelled in KCPE seek help to join Form One

Twins Brandy Nyaboke and Candy Khatenje at their home in Manyani, Nakuru County. [Daniel Chege, Standard]

Twins Brandy Nyaboke and Candy Khatenje who scored 377 and 363 marks respectively in KCPE are appealing for financial assistance to join Form One.

When The Standard team visited their house in Manyani, Nakuru East Sub County, over the weekend, their mother Maureen Nyambune appeared troubled and confused, however, the girls, could not hide their excitement at seeing journalists.

“We want help to join Form One,” said Nyaboke, as her sister Khatenje nodded in agreement.

A two-roomed house in a plot with more than 15 houses is where the twins call home. They share the house with their two elder siblings and parents.

Ms Nyambune said despite the school demanding that they report on Monday she is yet to do shopping for them let alone raise Sh75,000 for fees.

She said Khatenje has been called to a school in Kakamega but because of logistics they want them to join Nyabururu Girls High School, a national school in Kisii county.

“I am unemployed, and I wash clothes to earn a living. Their father is a driver but seldom gets work with the town service matatus. Last year, it was tough for us,” she said.

Nyambune said their other two children are in secondary school and university and the financial burden is too much to bear.

She said the twins were supported by the school, teachers and well-wishers to complete primary school.

The girls, aged 13, were former students at Jamhuri Primary School in Nakuru county and the head teacher, Teresina Njagi, described them as bright with promising future.

According to the fee structure of Nyabururu Girls High School each of the girls is expected to pay about Sh75,000.

“You should report to school on a date specified by the ministry before 4 pm (January 15, 2023),” read the school letter addressed to Nyaboke.

In the first term, the two are expected to pay Sh26,775 fees, which is exclusive of uniforms and other school amenities.

Nyambune said they need help to educate their daughters, whom may lift them from poverty.

“We call on all well-wishers to help our daughters. We have no money nor means to provide for them, and we hope for the best,” she said.

Nyaboke promised to work hard in school if she gets a scholarship.

She said their parents have struggled to educate them.

“It affected our studies, and we believe we would have scored over 400 marks if we studied without interruptions," she said.