Lamu, KENYA: The top female candidate in Lamu County Amina Faraj received the good news of her KCPE results while in Saudi Arabia, where she went to seek medical attention for a chronic skin ailment shortly after she sat her 2016 KCPE exams.
The 15 year old girl from the Lamu Stone Town Academy scored 400 marks out of 500 marks in the exam.
Amina who hopes to join Alliance girls and pursue an engineering course later in the University, is the last born in a family of three and has been raised and educated by her maternal grandparents, after her parents left for Saudi Arabia in search of greener pastures while she was still a toddler.
Despite the medical challenges, Amina was however able to stay focused and disciplined hence her good performance as top female candidate in Lamu County as attested to by her grandparents and teachers.
“She would wake up a 2am daily to study. We are happy for a well deserved success story.we aren’t really surprised that she passed because we expected it,” said Lali Shosi,the grandfather.
The family has appealed to the government to help educate the girl whose parents are poor.
Lamu County Education Director Peter Magiri said he had instructed Sub-County Directors of Education to gather data before they compile a full report on Lamu’s performance in the 2016 KCPE.
“I am yet to get the results but going with what we have,we expect Amina Faraj who scored 400 marks to be our top candidate in the county so far,” said Magiri.
Lamu County emerged number 44 out of the 47counties in the country with Lamu West sub-county recording majority of the success stories.