West Pokot residents celebrate top ten KCSE candidate

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Long'ali Chepengat being hoisted by residents after her great KCSE performance
Long'ali Chepengat being hoisted by residents after her great KCSE performance

The seventh best KCSE candidate nationally from Alliance Girls High School Maureen Long’ali Chepengat has expressed her joy. The candidate, who resides in West Pokot County, was celebrated in Makutano town after her excellent performance. She said her ambition is to study Pharmacy and Nuclear Medicine.

Chepengat was raised in Orolwa village in Pokot North sub county where early marriages and FGM cases hamper the girl child education in West Pokot County. She lauded her parents’ sacrifice which motivated her to work hard and complete school, “My parents sacrificed a lot to pay for my school fees,” she said “I urge girls to focus on education and refuse early marriages.”

Her father Donato Long’ali said the girl s performance since ECD was impressive and that her KCPE score was 436 marks at Town view academy, urging other students to break her record. “Paying school fees has been a challenge. I have another student at the University and others are in primary and secondary school,” he said.

He said her 17-year-old girl has set an excellent record which should be emulated by future females candidates. Her mother, Rose Long’ali encouraged girls across the County to come out and challenge the boy child. “Most women do not allow their girls to complete form four education.  They marry them off at an early age. My girl’s performance has revealed that girls can do better than boys,” she said “If we abandon retrogressive practices our girls will have better careers.” she said.
Kapenguria Boys High School topped the county by getting a mean score of  6.4 followed by Tartar Girls High School with a mean score of 5.9.