Changamwe top student fails to report to Alliance over lack of transport

Hemstone Ouma Omondi and his mother Vivian Achieng.Hemstone who was among the top students in Changamwe has failed to report at the Alliance Boys high school over lack of transport PHOTO JANET MURIKIRA

Mombasa,KENYA: A 14-year-old boy who was among the top students in Changamwe in last years KCPE is living in fear that his admission to the Alliance High school could go into waste after his family failed to raise enough funds to cater for his transport and shopping.

Hemstone Ouma Omondi who sat for his Kenya Certificate of Primary Education in 2018 at the St.Charles Lwanga Primary School in Changamwe scored 401 marks and was the top student in the school.

However, the student who says his dream is to become a scientist has not reported the Alliance high school despite having been required to report on Monday.

Speaking to Baraka FM, an emotional Hemstone said his family situation had left him worried he could fail to achieve his dream of becoming a scientist.

“ I worked hard and used to wake up very early in the morning to study but am very heartbroken,” Hemstone told Baraka FM.

Hemstone managed to secure an MPESA foundation scholarship, however, the scholarship only caters for school fees and recipients are required to raise upkeep on their part.

Hemstone’s mother Vivian Achieng who is a single mother of three says the student needs approximately sh.15,000 for shopping and transport so that he could report to school.

Achieng said area leaders had helped her raise sh 3000 however the money was not enough for Hemstone.

This comes just as the admissions for Form 1 kicked off.

The ministry which had earlier warned principals against admitting students who had not been selected to join the school by the ministry backtracked on its warning on Sunday.

When defending the move, the ministry had said that it was trying to protect students and parents from a cartel engaged in the sale of unclaimed form 1 positions in schools.