The Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations in Trans Nzoia County have been characterised with a high number of adult candidates with a burning urge to acquire formal education.
Innami education center in Kwanza Sub County has recorded the highest number of aged candidates. The school has eight adults out of the registered 37 candidates who sat this year’s examination.
Andrew Lodiu, 63, is literally living up to the school’s Motto-Quest for Academic excellence– by defying odds to catch up on where he left when he dropped out of school in his youthful days.
He dropped out of school at class seven. He has four children and six grandchildren.
“I initially wanted to learn how to read the Bible but I went on to developinterest in sitting for KCPE to secure a chance in secondary school since I want to motivate my children and grandchildren,” said Mr. Lodiu.
Mrs. Selina Lomuu, 41, traveled all the way from Turkana County to Trans Nzoia in search of a school which will enable her polish up her literacy skills to effectively discharge her duties in self help groups.
“I had dropped out of school but I found it rough in carrying out community development activities owing to my illiteracy levels. I am eager to advance to secondary school,” said Mrs. Lomuu.
She is also proud that she is sitting the examination at the same time with her two children- the young one is sitting the KCPE examination while the elder one will be sitting the KCSE one.
The school’s manager Paul Wataka said they offered a chance to the adult learners since they sought a chance at the institution following their quest to quench their academic thirst.
“They came to us in search of an opportunity to learn and we assisted them throughout the year. Their performance was average and we wish them all the best,” said Mr. Wataka.
The other six candidates are Mary Eston Locha (45), Peter Lokalel Elim (42), Philip Eyanae Ekuna (37), Luka Eiton (7), Irine Emase (27), And Ekai Tioko Dickson 27.
Meanwhile, St. John’s Catholic School Kachibora which produced the best KCPE candidate in Trans Nzoia in 2018 is hopeful of posting another great performance during this year’s examination.