Candidates are normally urged to strive to pass their KCPE exams because that will ensure they get called to a great school. This rationale is logical but does not account for other factors, especially economic ones. The next woman in this story is a surprising story of a person doing all they can to succeed even after being out of school for so many years still sits and excells.
As over 17,000 candidates sat for Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exams in Siaya County, a 35- year- old mother of four was among the candidates at Bur-lowo Primary school in Siaya County.
Speaking during an interview with Radio Nam Lolwe FM, Mary Akello said that she dropped out of school 10 years ago, but she later decided to continue with her pursuit of education.
Mary, who was hired as a toilet cleaner at the school’s section, surprised the head teacher when she called the headteacher and told him she had gained 385 marks in the just concluded KCPE exams.
“As I woke up i decided to follow keenly the progress of results announcement. When the cabinet secretary for education finished announcing the results i sent mine through 20076 and received a pop-up notification below;
MARY AKELLO OLIVIA INDEX: 42712215013 ENG 84A KIS 78A- KSL = = MAT 91A SCI 59B- SSR 63B TOTAL 385 KNEC HELPLINE 0800724900," she said.
Mary said her education path has not been easy, as the 40-year-old had shave her hair and wear school uniform like the rest of the pupils.
Head teacher John Onyango said that she was initially hesitant to allow Mary to pursue her education at the institution, as her children attended the same school.
She adds that nothing will stop her desire to attain the highest level of education.
“My desire is to uplift the living standards of my family. Get admission in a better secondary school later after university end up to be a doctor will be my greatest joy,” she added.
Mary is grateful to her husband’s support and financial assistance in chasing her education dreams.
“My husband is my pillar of strength. He has been supporting me at our home as well as in my studies. He attends our children’s and my school meetings without fail and is able to pay for both our school fees. When I am busy with my revision, he takes care of our children and also helps out most of the time and this is something I cannot take for granted,” she added.
She thanks her teachers especially the headteacher of the school for his great job for inspiring her.
"To my headteacher, thank you for being such a great teacher. I'll always remember you with the deepest respect and affection for your efforts in making each lesson enjoyable and educational. Your inspiring lessons gave my life direction. Thank you for being the best teacher a pupil could ever hope for."she said.