Embakasi East MP Babu Owino has offered to pay school fees for a 13-year-old Kenyan girl who threatened to commit suicide as her parents are unable to finance her secondary school education.
The teenager sat for her Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exam this year at Xaverian Primary School in Kisumu Central and scored 391 marks out of the possible 500. She was selected to join Asumbi Girls in early January 2020 but she wrote a suicide note after realizing her parents could not raise the KSh.53,544 fee required for the year.
“I know it is not the only way to solve this problem, but it is the best option for me to take,” read the suicide note.
The girl’s mother, Lucy Emily Ombok said her daughter appeared troubled since the KCPE results were released. In a Facebook post on Saturday, MP Owino vowed to ensure the girl achieves her dreams.
“I will pay school fees for this leaner to ensure she achieves her dreams. A child belongs to the community and I would like to give an opportunity to others the same way I was given through fundraising and through selling Chang’aa. Vanity is Vanity,” wrote Owino.