As all form one students across the country reported to their respective schools today, Christine Nkatha Njeru a former student of Top Talents Academy in Ruiru Sub County, Kiambu County and who scored 402 marks remains a gloomy and disheartened pupil as she cannot join Alliance Girls high school due to lack of school fees.
Nkatha’s chance to join the national school may be given to other students as her family cannot raise the Sh78, 000 required as school fees.
Time is against Nkatha as she is expected to report on January 10 and should that fail to happen, she may lose her slot at the school.
Her father Stephen Njeru and who divorced his wife over infidelity problems when Nkatha was a small kid survives on casual jobs in Ruiru villages.
Speaking from her former school where she and her sister have been paid hostage since her father leaves in a sing-roomed house in Ruiru, Nkatha explained how the family skipped meals to afford the house rent.
The optimistic girl said that since her parents parted ways, they have never been in contact with her mother who she acknowledged got married to another man leaving her destitute father grappling to raise her and her younger sister.
The ambitious girl who in future aspires to become a forensic auditor said that her father has thrashed odds including taking unwarranted loans to bring up the two.
She narrated how father initially wanted to leave the children with his mother who he realized was aging and could not mother the girls.
“If my father’s salary can only service rent and a few bills, I wonder how I will school at Alliance Girls High School where I have been called to join. When I was living in his one single-roomed house, we could skip meals to meet the most necessary needs like paying rent. He has however done his best to ensure that we schooled despite the challenges that confronted him after their separation with mum,” she narrated.
Nkatha’s efforts to seek help of hand from potential sponsors such as Equity Bank and Kenya Commercial Bank Foundation and other organizations did not bear fruit.
The family is now calling on well-wishers to help their bright but poor girl access education before she loses her chance at the school.
“It is my humble request to any well-wisher to help me educate my bright daughter whose dream is to do forensic audits in the country,” pleaded Njeru, the father.