14-year-old walks from Nandi to Kakamega in search for education, attracts well wishers

By Babu Tendu | Monday, Jan 13th 2020 at 13:16
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A 14-year-old student from Nandi County on Sunday shook the internet after information came to light that he walked from Nandi to Kakamega in search for education.

The student, identified as George Ingatwa, sat his Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) in 2019 and scored 390 marks which earned him admission to Kakamega High school.

Despite the call up to the school, his poor mother could not afford the financial requirements necessary for admission.

This, however, did not kill the young boy’s will to study.

According to reports by Citizen TV, the boy took off from home and set out for a journey to Kakamega with nothing but a letter written by her mother.

The letter which was stamped by the headteacher of his Primary school was addressed to the principle of Kakamega Boys High School.

The boy’s mother narrated that she tried to look for another secondary school for the boy in Kapsabet but her efforts were futile.

"I went to look for a spot in a school in Kapsabet but they declined to offer my son a position claiming that the school was full.

“I returned to his primary school teacher who helped me by stamping a letter and instructing the boy to take it with him to his new high school" narrated the boy's mother.

The recipient of the letter, Gerald Orina, Kakamega Boys principal, said that after inquiries he discovered that the boy came from a very disadvantaged background.

"He came with a stamped letter and told me he had come to get admitted. He was barefooted and looked completely needy,".

"They live in very poor conditions and her mother who looked sickly did not also have a source of livelihood," Said Orina.

The Boy’s plight has since attracted well-wishers who have committed their support.

They include the institution's alumni, Matugu MP Justus Murunga and Westlands legislator Tim Wanyonyi.

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