Poor AND illiterate: Secondary school trades girl's spot behind the desk

Poor AND illiterate: Secondary school trades girl's spot behind the desk

- Mumbi Girls secondary school in Murang'a county is on the spotlight following an incident that it mistreated a girl from a poor family

- Activist Ndungu Nyoro posted on social media of the girl's plight when she found out that her vacancy at the school had been given away

After finishing her KCPE in 2016 , a girl named Alice was supposed to join Mumbi girls, a school in Murang'a county. She has scored 386 marks.

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Unfortunately, she could not join the school with the rest of the kids since her parents were unable to raise her fees.

Her dad traveled from his Kiambu home to the school and asked the deputy principal to allow him look for funds and take his daughter at a later date.

Alice reported to the school on January 17. She was in the company of her parents. With them was a metal box, a bucket and other items that she would be needing for her stay in the school.

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As they walked to the school, they noticed that another girl had just been brought in. She was quickly attended to and left to get her school uniform, ready to start school.

Alice was not that lucky. She was called to the principal's office and asked to submit all the documents of her admission. They were taken away.

The principal then called the bursar and asked him to refund Alice's father all the monies he was owed.

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After the refund, the principal told the family that there was no vacancy and they should try their luck elsewhere.

Dejected and sad, Alice and her parents left the office and carried the metal box, the bucket and her stuff back home.

When the same activist called the school a week later, he was told that there was a vacancy.

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How was there a vacancy when Alice had been kicked out of the school?

When the school was called, they could not answer why one girl's vacancy at the school had just disappeared.

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