Clinton Mutwiri, a standout student who achieved the third-highest ranking in the 2021 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE), is currently facing a hurdle in pursuing higher education due to financial constraints.
The announcement of the KCSE results on April 23, 2022, was made by the former Education Cabinet Secretary, the Late Prof. George Magoha. He identified Mutwiri, a student from Angaine Day Secondary School in Meru, as the third-best performer among sub-county schools nationwide. Mutwiri secured an impressive A- (Minus) grade, amassing 81.5 points, with straight As in mathematics, history, and business studies. His exceptional academic achievements presented him with an opportunity to enroll in Kabarak University to pursue a degree in clinical medicine.
However, as reported by Citizen Digital, Mutwiri faced the harsh reality of missing out on university funding last year. Consequently, his mother, Lucy Karwitha, who has been singlehandedly raising her two sons, struggled to come up with the required semester fee of Sh110,000.
Despite his exemplary performance, Mutwiri encountered numerous rejections from various universities in Meru before finally securing a place at Kenya Methodist University (KEMU). However, due to financial constraints, he is compelled to postpone his degree studies for another year. This delay is attributed to KEMU’s requirement of a 40% upfront payment of the semester’s tuition fee, which amounts to Sh.84,500.
Lucy Karwitha, who earns a living by offering laundry services, is in a dilemma regarding how to gather the necessary funds. She already channels her limited earnings towards covering her eldest son’s fees at the Karumo Technical Training Institute.
In her plea for assistance, Karwitha has called upon President William Ruto to intervene and make her son’s educational dreams a reality.