For many people, eight years spent in primary School was an experience they don’t want to have in life ever again.
But for Mathew Aol Nyamlori, now 38, he spent 20 years in primary school. However, he is now a happy man after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from Kenyatta University (KU).
His dream was to make it through university, which he eventually did against all odds.
He scored a B+ in his Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) and was admitted to the university.
Now, he says he is a happy man despite his 20 years in primary school, all because his parents couldn’t afford to send him to secondary school.
“I can say I’m the happiest person on earth today because my dream has come true. I started pursuing this thing in the late 80s eventually, I have graduated from Kenyatta University. This has been my dream, this has been my prayer, and this is what made me repeat class 8 nine times, joint Kanga, Maseno and eventually Nairobi School,” he said.
He said that he spent 22 years in PrimarySchooll because his parents could not see him through Secondary education.
Matthew scored 434 marks in his Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and got admission at Maseno National School, but he did not join because his parents had no money, the school allowed him to join form one but dropped out again in Form two because he had not paid a dine since he joined the school in form one.
He went back to Primary School until around 2007 when he decided to travel to Nairobi to look for greener pastures but did not succeed.
He later went back home to sit for his KCPE for the sixth time and scored 395 marks; he secured a place at the Maranda High School, but he could not afford it due to the lack of school fees.
In 2009, he joined Aldorebby Junior Academy, where he sat for KCPE for the 7th time and managed to score 406 marks, and he got admitted at the Kapsabet High School, but he did not join secondary school.
A year later, he was admitted to Maranda High School after sitting his exams at Agape Academy but did not join.
In 2011, he secured a place at Nairobi School after his final shot at Oriri Primary.
Equity Wings sponsored his secondary education.