Joining Form One is normally a memorable moment for many students. Though the memory may fade as time passes by, a boy from Kieni, Nyeri county will no doubt cherish his moment.
Kevin Muriuki was airlifted to Nyeri Boys High School where he started his secondary school education journey yesterday, thanks to Retired Military Veterans. Muriuki sat his Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exam in little-known Karichen Primary School and scored 372 marks, but his parents could not afford to pay for his secondary education.
However, the veterans, through their association, came to his aid and paid school fees for the whole year besides buying all his personal effects and books. During holidays, Muriuki worked at a nearby quarry to complement his parents income. And the elated student was the subject of envy from his colleagues at his new school as he disembarked the chopper.
Muriuki promised to work hard to make his parents and his benefactors proud. The mother, Margaret Wangui, was emotional as his son’s dream to pursue education was realised. Led by Rtd Lt Col Joseph King’ori, the veterans said they read Muriuki’s story in local daily and decided to help.
“We were touched by the story of this boy who aspired to be a pilot but his parents could not afford to educate him,” he said, adding that they would pay Muriuki’s fees throughout his secondary education.