Kevin Ontinta, a Kenyatta University dropout, could not hide his joy after scoring an A in the 2022 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE).
Ontinta was among 1,146 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) who scored an A plain. The student once enrolled in university, scoring 82 points at Igonga Secondary School in Bonchari, Kisii County, where he sat for the exam in 2022.
Despite being the firstborn in a family of eight, and the challenges of coming from a humble and struggling family, Ontinta sat for his KCSE in 2016 and scored a B minus.
He later joined Kenyatta University to pursue a Bachelor of Education degree in Kiswahili and Christian Religious Education.
He could not sustain himself to complete the 8.4.4 system of education and resorted to doing odd jobs to help him at school and feed his siblings.
“Besides Mjengo I used to work as a Watchman at night at least to have some cash and send back home for my siblings, because my family is really poor,” Ontinta recalled in an interview on Friday following the release of KCSE results.
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In 2018, the situation worsened, and he dropped out of campus to take care of his young family in Kisii.
However, with luck on his side, he secured a scholarship from a priest who sponsored his education at Igonga Secondary School in Kisii county. He returned to form one to pursue his dream of scoring an A.
“I had a dream of scoring an A plain. I focused on my studies, and at this point, the priest gave my parents some small money to start a business.
“I was to concentrate on my studies. My dad sells boiled eggs at Suneka town at least to take care of my other seven siblings,” he stated.
He credited his success at the institution to the teachers and colleagues who supported him in his decision to rejoin secondary.
He hopes to secure a scholarship to help him pursue Medicine and Surgery at the University of Nairobi.
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