Two Form One students from Migori County, Philip Okindo and Maxwell Iragosa, have stunned the management of St Joseph Rapogi High School by reporting for classes with almost nothing in hand.
Despite facing financial challenges, these young scholars are eager to pursue their dreams and make the most of their educational opportunities.
Philip Okindo, 14, and Maxwell Iragosa, 15, scored 380 and 371 marks, respectively, in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exams last year.
Okindo, hailing from Nyabisawa village in Suna West, arrived with a box containing only toothpaste, a bar of soap, and pens.
He lacked basic necessities such as blankets, bedsheets, shoes, or a uniform. Iragosa, from Uriri Kasembo village, shared Okindo’s journey, arriving in a similar fashion, echoing the sentiment that financial constraints should not be a barrier to education.
Both students harbor ambitious dreams; Iragosa aspires to be a structural engineer architect, while Okindo envisions a future as a doctor.
Their dreams, however, were threatened by the looming specter of Ksh62,000 in unpaid school fees, a hurdle that could potentially derail their education
However, a turn of fate occurred when the school’s Principal, Erastus Nyagwa, learned of the students’ predicament through social media. Touched by their story, Nyagwa called the students to his office and pledged support. The generosity didn’t stop there, as calls for well-wishers to contribute began to pour.