Twins from a poor background in Kilifi County are passionately appealing for bursaries to enable them pursue secondary education in national schools.
Vivian Umazi and Alvine Yaa 14 have completed their primary education from Dzikunze primary school in Ganze sub-county this year defying all odds to emerge at the top.
Umazi got 420 marks while her twin brother Yaa managed to score 421 marks in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exams and have been selected to join Alliance Girls and Alliance high school respectively.
The twins were paraded before journalists in Mombasa by Dr Edwin Chokwe who said they risked missing joining national schools due to lack of school fees.
Dr Chokwe said he learnt their plight from villagers who expressed fears that the twins might lose their place in two of the best schools in Kenya.
‘These are needy cases who urgently require donations from well-wishers,’ he said and challenged the Kilifi county government to pay school fees for students admitted to national schools.
Dr. Chokwe said the twin’s mother died long time ago and were raised by their father a retiree in the village.
‘We hail from poor background but we have stayed focused and disciplined throughout our primary school years,’ said Umazi tears welling up in her eyes.
She said her mother’s death six years ago did not deter them from working hard in school.
‘I fear that we might not proceed to secondary school due to financial problems at home,’ said Yaa who is an aspiring mechanical engineer.
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Their father Dikosn Randu said he still hopes that his children will join their dream secondary schools despite the setbacks.
Dr Chokwe said according to the admission letters the government will pay Sh22,244 per secondary school student while the annual fee stands at Sh75, 798.
He said they will further require extra money to cater for personal effects including blankets and bed sheets and called on well wishers to assist raise school fees for the distraught twins.