After West Media highlighted the plight of three students from humble backgrounds in Lugari Sub County among them two sisters who had lost hopes of joining secondary schools due to lack of school fees, the students have every reason to smile after well-wishers stepped in to ensure they secure their admissions.
The top performer in the Sub County Lonah Agape who scored 413 marks has secured her admission at St. Brigit’s Girl High School after a businessman Mr. John Ogola Otieno intervened and paid all her school fees and other requirements.
Her sister Anne Veronica who scored 378 marks will also be able to join Archbishop Njenga Girls High School after the Lugari Member of National Assembly aspirant Mr. Alex Atingo stepped in and paid her school fees.
Another bright student Brighton Kivutia Simiyu who scored 388 marks has also secured his admission at Maseno school after his school fees was also paid by Mr Atingo.
Speaking at Lugari station village in Lugari ward when he presented a school fees cheque to Brighton Kivutia on behalf of Alex Atingo, Musa Rajab said Atingo was really touched after listening to Brighton’s story who despite sitting 2020 KCPE examination and managing 352 marks he could not join form one due to lack of school fees and was forced to repeat standard eight and managed to score 388 in 2021 but still the family couldn’t raise his school fees.
He said as a leader who value education so much, Atingo could not leave such bright brain to go to waste and that was why he intervened to ensure Brighton secures his admission at Maseno school.
He said Atingo has promised to ensure the boy gets full scholarship until he completes his secondary education at the national school.
In Mautuma ward, Felix Wanjala delivered the school fees bank slip to Anne Veronica on behalf of Atingo at their Kimbo village to ensure she joins ArchBishop Njenga Girls High School and like Brighton, Atingo has promised to stand with Veronica until she sits her final exams in high school.
“Our assessment revealed that these students cannot go to school because their parents are unable to afford their school fees. That is why Mr. Atingo saw it imperative to help them secure their admissions,” said Wanjala.
He called on residents who are financially stable to join hands and support the education of needy children in the Sub County. “Education is key to the development of a child hence the need for concerted efforts to support vulnerable children,” he concluded.
The parents were thankful, saying that the funds came at a time when they most needed help.
“ I am thankful to Mr. Atingo for coming to my rescue at the time where I needed help the most,” said John Simiyu, Brighton’s Father.
Similar sentiments were given by Mr. Aggrey Akoyo who thanked Atingo and Mr. John Otieno for ensuring his two daughters Lonah and Veronica join secondary schools.