An orphan boy beat all odds to emerge as the best male candidate in Kitui County in the 2015 KCSE results that Education CS Fred Matiang'i officially announced on Thursday.
Alex Chang'aa, a former student of Kisasi Boys High School in Kitui Rural, scored an average grade of A plain of 81 points to emerge tops in the boys category.
Chang'aa came in third overall top student in the county after two other girls from Muthale Girls Secondary, a national school, in Kitui West.
The girls, Wachira P. Karimi and Kilonzo Charity Muingo managed to score straight As of 83 and 82 points respectively.
Speaking to journalists at his home in Kitunga village, Kisasi District, Chang’aa attributed his victory to hard work and total commitment to studies.
He, however, noted that lack of school fees due to his family’s poor background had threatened to cut short his dream to acquire secondary education.
“Inability to raise tuition fees saw me lose much of my class time during my form two and three but I somehow managed to excel in my Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examination (KCSE).
His parents’ demise in early 2000 left him and his siblings at the mercy of well-wishers besides the care of their elderly and unemployed grandparents.
The Kalonzo Musyoka Foundation offered to sponsor his secondary education after he scored 375 marks in his KCPE but he only benefited for one year after which the support was withdrawn.
“They had promised to pay my fees through to form four but the aid was cut short after the first and second form one terms.
“Things then worsened as I would be send home for fees from time to time. My grandparents tried their best to keep me in class but it was still too much for them,” Chang'aa said.
As luck would have it, his former primary school teachers organised a funds drive to raise fees for him when he was in form three, rekindling his hope of completing secondary education.
“I then knew the ball was in my court and that a golden chance to transform my life forever had finally presented itself,” he noted as tears of joy flowed down his cheeks.
Kisasi Boys High School managed a mean grade of 8.63 with four boys scoring A minus, B plus (23), B plain (44), B minus (31), C plus (9), C plain (7), one C- and a D plus in the last year’s national exams.