West Pokot student appeals for financial aid to join high school

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Esther Akutan (pictured) has appealed for financial aid to join High School
Esther Akutan (pictured) has appealed for financial aid to join High School

The fate of a bright girl who scored 357 marks in 2017 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) now lies in limbo due to lack of school fees. The poor girl from a remote village along Kenya-Uganda border is appealing for help to enable her to join the secondary school of her dream.

Esther Akutan, who was a student at Alale Girls Primary school in West Pokot County has the desire to study at a national school and last week she received an admission letter from Turkana Girls’ High School.

Akutan who hails from Sasak village in North Pokot Sub County is expected to report on January 9 but her parents are unable to raise Kshs. 52,000 the money needed for the year 2018 according to the fee structure.

Besides school fees, she is required to do shopping and acquire other mandatory items worth Kshs. 10,000. The 15-year-old girl has now come out to appeal to Kenyans of good will to help her raise school fees so that she can be able to realize her dreams. “I may lose the slot and have my dreams slashed because I come from a poor background. I feel bad seeing my fellow girls joining school yet my dreams seem to be shattered,” she said.

Esther, who is the firstborn in a family of seven, was abandoned by her parents after she got a fracture 12 years ago and is worried that she may not achieve her dream of becoming a doctor in the future.

“Since the day I received the letter I never sleep. I’m always worried because I don’t know if I will join secondary school or not,” said Akutan. Rufinar Cheutich, the headmistress of Alale Girls Primary school, said that the school had allowed her to study for free for the whole of 2017 since she was bright but parents could not raise school fees.

“We had to understand and allow her to learn since the whole of 2017 that she was in class eight her parents were unable to raise school fees.”

She hopes to educate other girls in her community, where cases of FGM practice and early forced marriages are rampant.

Akutan called on area leaders to help her join the school of her choice. “I call on my governor Professor Lonyangapuo who understand a thing or two about education, the Senator, MP, and other leaders to help me,” she said.