Mother willing to sell kidney to send daughter to school

By Vincent Kejitan | Wednesday, Jan 8th 2020 at 13:03
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A woman in Kisumu is ready to sell her kidney to ensure her daughter joins Form One.

Rhoda Abaja, a casual labourer, says her daughter Lencer Anyumba scored 384 marks in the 2019 KCPE and was offered a place at Moi Nyabohanse Girls High School.

She is not in a position to raise the school fees required and her efforts to apply for scholarships did not bear fruit.

“I don't want to sit back and watch my daughter miss the opportunity to fulfil her education dreams. I'm ready to sell one of my kidneys to pay her secondary education fees,” said the single mother.

Adding: “She is a bright girl with a promising future. I would like to become somebody in life so that I can change society. I'm appealing to Kenyans to help pay my secondary school fees.”

Abaja and her daughter are appealing to well-wishers to come to their aid in a bid to help the girl realise her dream of becoming a neurosurgeon.

Last week, Education CS George Magoha warned that school principals and parents who fail to admit last year’s KCPE candidates to Form One risk jail terms.

With the first batch of Form One admissions set for January 13, Prof Magoha said all children who sat last year’s KCPE must get Form One places.

“Parents who had already married off their children must return them so that they can join Form One,” he said.

According to Magoha, with the day secondary school fee having been waived, not even principals will be spared for denying children opportunity to learn by sending them home for lunch money.

He called on school heads to find a way of cushioning children from poor families, so they can learn.

“As a principal, before you send a child home for that money, you may need to do a background check and find out if the parents are able. You may be surprised that such children need your help more,” he said.

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