MERCY MUENI RETURNS TO SCHOOL -SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM IMPACT
- Published: Tuesday, 08 May 2018 06:28
“My name is Mercy Mueni; I come from Mukuru Kwa Njenga and to Ruben primary school where I completed my Kenya certificate of primary education (KCPE).” Says a young girl filed with passion and a lot of liveliness.
She goes on and tells her story, “I completed my primary education in 2014 and the next year was admitted to Tasia Hill academy for my secondary education, just like every girl dreams of going to high school so did I and when the day finally came I anxious, excited you name, so I prepared myself and I could not wait to leave the house and finally become an official high school student. Though my school is a day school that did not really make it any less of a high school.”
But just like a normal family struggling to make a living my family was no different so from the beginning of the second term life in school began to look shaky, regularly I was being sent home to get school fees and these situation got to its worst in form three where I was sent home to get the fee balance and ended up spending a whole term at home because my parents wouldn’t get the balance.
My father couldn’t take his daughter spending another day at home and watch her dreams die slowly so he decided to go to the ministry of education and complain about the school. The sub-county director of education wrote my school principal a letter requesting her to allow me go back to school as my parents look for the fees balance. These only worked for a few days and the norm was back on.
After being sent home again I just wouldn’t take it being at home I told myself that I was just not cut out to stay at home and I sought a plan b I went back to Ruben primary where I spend all day in the library studying. With time I started missing school so I decided that i would go back to school and no matter how many times they sent me back home i would still wake up and go back the next day but we all know a person tries one too many times.
Within a week I was back at the library studying until Margret the public relation and advocacy officer met me and asked why I wasn’t at school and I told her the whole story. She later went to Br Frank and him my story which he later on called me and asked me to come with my parents. So the next day my mother accompanied me and had a talk with Br Frank and the next thing I heard is that he had cleared my fees balance.
I could not believe it, it seemed like a dream from the thought of never completing high school to going back to school this was the happiest I had been. No a simple thank you would not be enough for what Br Frank had done nor are a thousand thank you notes but I assured myself that I would not let this act of kindness go in vain, now that am in school with no distractions I will not be an average students any more.
Written by: Peris Wahome
Public relations desk