, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 3 – Simeon Meliari sat for his Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination in 2014.
Since the release of the results, he is yet to receive his results slip and certificate from his former school in Ongata Rongai.
He only knows he scored a C grade after using the Kenya National Examinations Council Short Messaging Service.
Even as he celebrated his 19th birthday on Tuesday, Meliari’s mother was heartbroken that her son, out of desperation, has given up and moved to their rural home in Oloitoktok.
His hopes and ambition of joining higher education have faded away.
They began to fade away from the day he went to Nakeel Boy’s High School to pick his KCSE results slip and certificate and he was told he had a case to answer.
He didn’t however expect that the case would be too expensive for him and his mother.
“Before he sat for his KCSE he was found with a phone charger. He was not found with a phone so he was told to go to class. He sat for his examination.”
Even after the incident, the mother was not informed about the charger issue and so Meliari thought the matter had been left to rest.
It was until when he went to do his clearance after the KCSE results were released that he learnt the school still had an issue with him.
“We bought two books he had lost as demanded by the teachers during clearance. After he was cleared by other teachers and went to the headmaster, he was told that he was found with a phone charger. Then he was told the punishment was for him to buy a full roll of electric wire at the cost of Sh6,500,” the mother recounted to Capital FM News.
Having lost her husband who was the bread winner of her family of two sons, Meliari’s mother says it is hard for her to raise the Sh6,500.
“I have been trying to raise this money but I have not managed to do so. I move from house to house washing clothes, I earn about Sh100 to Sh500 on the days I am lucky to get these jobs, I have to buy food, I have two sons, I lost my husband who used to help me, I can’t raise the Sh6,500. The money I raise is what I save to pay school fees,” she narrated as she fought back her tears.
Upon arrival at Nakeel Boy’s High School, it was clear nobody at the school wanted to respond to the matter.
After learning we were from the media, the receptionist was mum.
When we asked for audience with the headmaster, she walked to his office and came back after some minutes and only informed us that they had received “a letter” concerning Meliari from education authorities.
Even after we made attempts to at least hear the side of the story of the school, our request was turned down.