Bright KCPE orphaned twins face challenge of meeting secondary school fees
They lost their mother as they prepared to join the candidate class and immediately after the funeral they had to drop out of school for two months as the family could not afford to pay fees needed by the boarding school they were attending.
But despite the odds, twin sisters, Pretty Natalie and Precious Milan, who had lost their father a decade earlier did not allow challenges to reduce their urge to excel in national examinations.
As the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Dr. Fred Matiang’i released the results, the girls were proud entrants to the prestigious list of Kenya Certificate of Primary Examination candidates who scored 400 marks and above in the country.
Natalie posted 427 marks to become the top girl in Siaya County as her sister, Milan posted 423 marks. They were both pupils at New Hope Academy in Ugenya Sub County where they had been enrolled after being taken in by their maternal uncle, James Ong’ele.
As fate would have it, just as they came to this world together, the sisters have been selected to join Pangani Girls, a national school in Nairobi, which as their first choice also happen to be their dream school.
They explain that their respective success in the national examination was not just a walk in the park, saying they had to contend with numerous challenges, including walking the long distance to New Hope academy where they had been enrolled after being out of school for two months.
Prior to the death of their mother, Ziporah Adera, the twins were pupils at Ng’iya girls boarding primary school, says Ong’ele, St. Mary’s Ukwala High School Principal.
Ong’ele says that her nieces joined the school towards the end of last year but, despite being out of school for many days they did not disappoint. “They posted good results that made us have confidence that they would emerge among the best in the final examinations,” adds Ong’ele who is due to retire from teaching practice next year.
The principal describes the twins as hardworking, respectful and brilliant children who never gave him rough time despite the loss of their parents.
Ong’ele however, is troubled that the twins may not join the school of their choice, where they have been admitted and eventually the university for lack of funds.
He says has other children and family members who depend on him for their education at various levels and the twins’ excellent performance, though an achievement to be celebrated, has brought with it worries.
“I am exiting employment next year and my meagre retirement benefits may not be enough to educate my nieces to the level that I may want,” he laments.
Natalie aspires to be an electrical engineer in future while her sibling dreams of becoming a lawyer where she would offer pro-bono services to the less fortunate members of the society.
They both devote their achievements to prayers, support from both teachers and friends and their strong dedication to class work. “Naturally, I love science related engagements hence the reason for my engineering course dream,” adds Natalie.
Milan on her part explains how the cruel hands of death robbed them off their parents at a tender age forcing them to relocate from Ramula in Gem Sub County to their uncle’s home in Ugenya.
She adds that after the death of their mother and that of their father, James Ogutu 10 years earlier, they resolved to redouble their efforts in studies in honour of their mother who was a teacher.
The Head teacher of New Hope Academy, Joseph Odwal hailed the sisters for excellent performance and described them as hardworking and disciplined.
The school posted a mean score of 333.5 marks during this year’s KCPE, said Odwal.
The girl’s uncle, Ong’ele is calling on well-wishers to come to the aid of his nieces to enable them realize their dreams. He can be reached on Tel 0726 067 397
By Philip Onyango