I studied in the toilet, KCSE second-best candidate Allan Wasonga recalls

Allan Wasonga
Allan Wasonga, KCSE 2020 second-best student. [Photo: Citizen TV]

Little was known of Agoro Sare High School until Allan Wasonga put the school’s name on the global map with his sterling performance in 2020 KCSE.

Wasonga was the second-best student in KCSE 2020 nationally. He scored an A plain 87.17 points.

His mother moments after the KCSE results were officially released told Citizen TV that her son loved books.

Wasonga was worried when schools closed indefinitely last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

He could not read much because of the noise from his compound. To younger children in their plot, this was a long holiday to play and have fun.

For him though, it was a trying moment as he couldn’t log in to online learning sessions.

“The videos wouldn’t work for me, and I couldn’t log in to anything,” he said. “When schools reopened, I felt like I was on the first lap while everyone else was on their third,” he said.

Wasonga who is the firstborn in a family of five at one point decided to take his studies at night but his mother asked him to switch off the lights because they shared one room.

Wasonga left for the toilet where he switched on the lights and took his studies there. His mother woke up in the middle of the night and headed for the restroom where she found her son with books.

“I was trying to cover the topic during the night, but my mum was complaining that she was unable to sleep because the light was on, so I went to study in the toilet, when she found me, she did not say anything, she went back to bed and I closed the book since I had finished,” he explained.

When he resumes classes in October last year, he spent all day and night studying, sleeping for only 30 minutes sometimes at night.

“On most days, I would study until around 1 a.m., then go to my bed and study while standing until around 3.30 a.m., sleep for thirty minutes before waking up for the morning preps,” he added.

He says he pushed himself to this point so that he can give his family a better life. He plans on pursuing medicine then major in neurosurgery.

Wasonga thanked his mother for support and her prayers all through.