Two needy girls, who were admitted in Form One without paying school fees, fear that they may soon drop out of school unless well-wishers come to their aid.
The two, Maimuna Munga, 17, and her sister Idaya Munga, 15, showed up at Kaya Tiwi Secondary School in Kwale County, only with a bag of clothes.
The school admitted the two, hoping that a good Samaritan would pay their school fees.
Kaya Tiwi Principal Robert Aran said the girls’ father who could not raise school fees for his bright daughters.
The school provided the girls with mattresses and two pairs of uniforms.
“These are bright girls, their grades were good, they should not miss a chance to be in school just because they cannot raise school fees. As a school, we have volunteered to help them,” Mr Aran told Nation on Thursday.
He, however, hopes well-wishers will come to the rescue of the girls by paying their school fees.
The girls sat for last year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education exams at Benyoka Primary School in Rabai, Kilifi County.
Maimuna scored 347 marks while her younger sister Idaya had 351 marks.
“For a student to get admitted in Form One, they need about Sh15,000 to buy a mattress, a metal box and uniforms. They also require school fees of Sh40,350 per year,” said Mr Aran.
The girls’ father Mr Muyombo Munga Tsuma said he had applied for bursary funds but was unsuccessful.
“I applied for the constituency and ward bursary funds. When I checked the list of successful candidates at the MCA’s office, their names were missing. The MCA told me to wait until term two,” Mr Munga told the Nation.
Maimuna was admitted at Waa Girls Secondary School in Kwale, while Idaya to join Ngala Girls in Malindi.
Just as Mr Munga’s hopes of sending his daughters to secondary school were fading, he got a call from Kaya Tiwi principal who asked him to take the girls to school for admission.
“We hope that someone out there will support us, we promise to work hard and get good grades in school,” said Maimuna, who hopes to become a doctor.
Recently, Shimo la Tewa Boys High School principal was praised for admitting a boy, who had no fees, to the institution.
The boy, who travelled alone from Kisii County, later had his school fees paid by well-wishers.