As Education Cabinet Secretary Dr. Amina Mohamed was releasing the 2018 KCSE results at the KNEC headquarters in Nairobi, the only thing Rebecca Naliaka Juma would wish for was to attain a mean grade that would earn her a free entry to the University.
That wish came true when Rebbecca emerged the top student at St Theresa’s Girls High School Kimilili in Bungoma County with a mean grade of a B- (minus).
Rebbecca had scored 346 marks out of 500 at Kamusinde R.C Primary School in 2014 where she was then called to join Moi Girls Kamusinga but delayed to report to school due to financial challenges her mother was facing.
Her story touched Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa who intervened after being approached by concerned neighbours.
He offered financial support but the unnamed school Principal allegedly denied the bright needy child the precious admission.
The Principal had given the chance to another student, blowing up her hopes to join her dream school into flames of smoke.
With the time running out, the legislator requested for a chance at short-distance neighbouring St Theresa’s Girls.
Four years later after the ordeal, Rebecca, whose parents had separated, emerged the top student at St. Theresa’s Girls Secondary School Kimilili and has qualified for direct entry to University.
Though she had expected to score even higher than that, Rebecca was happy that at least, her mother will not sweat to pay her university fee as her grade is enough to earn a government sponsorship at the university.
“I have been raised from a humble background but am grateful to God and Honourable Didimus Barasa for rekindling my star.” Said a delighted Rebecca.
Mr. Barasa expressed his feelings after learning of Rebecca’s performance and promised to support more needy students in his constituency.
Am proud of Rabbecca Juma a girl I have paid fees for from 2015 from Kamusinde RC primary school. The girl has give more reasons why I should support many of such pupils.RABECCA N. JUMA INDEX: 36621111010 MEAN GRADE B- AGP 54 ENG B KIS B- MAT C- BIO C- PHY D+ CHE C+ GEO B CMP A- pic.twitter.com/YJ0KnQePds
— Didmus Barasa,MP (@DidmusWaBarasa) December 21, 2018
The Jubilee MP has supported hundreds of needy children in Kimilili constituency which has earned him accolades from friends and foes..
Our calls to the Principal of St Theresa for comments on her school’s general performance went unanswered by the time this writer was going to press.