The Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) CEO, Agnes Wahome, has responded to the plight of Milly Nafula, a Grade A student who missed out on an opportunity to join the university 14 years after writing her Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE).
After Citizen TV aired Nafula's plight on Tuesday, December 7, Wahome issued a statement noting that the government entity would assist her in her pursuit to acquire university education.
She, however, pointed out that Nafula had previously written to the Joints Admission Board (JAB), which was the placement body at the time. Wahome affirmed that the mother of two will have to write to KUCCPS and provide all the details required.
"The issue of Milly Nafula is a 2011 case when KUCCPS was not established and at that time placements were conducted by the Joints Admission Board."
"Now that KUCCPS is in charge, Nafula should write to the body and bring the matter to our attention. We can only act if she writes to us. We promise to assist once we get all the facts," she stated.
Nafula's pursuit for an admission to a university dates back to 2007 when she scored an A- (minus) in the KCSE exams. The Manor House High School alumni was, however, shocked when she did not receive a university admission despite such an impressive performance.
She noted that attempts to reach the then university placement board (JAB) were all in vain despite writing several letters.
"The time that I was to get my admission to the University, I did not get it and I went to the principal to raise the issue and I was told that the school had not received any letter from the Joint Admissions Board.
"I was also advised to go to Nairobi to ask about the matter but because I could not afford the fare, I wrote a letter to the board through the District Officer in charge of Kitale in 2009. He sent the letter but there was no response," Nafula stated.
The top student, was forced to grind maize at a Posho mill in Trans Nzoia County in order to fend for her two children.
"My dream as an orphan was to go out there and then come and change the life of my family since my mother was a single mother. I also have my brothers who I am looking after. I also save with the hope of one day joining school so that I can learn," she stated.
Nafula aspires to pursue a degree in medicine when she gets a chance to do so.
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