BY RAHMA RASHID IN LAMU AND EVANS KIMAIYO IN BARINGO.
Many Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) candidates sit for the national test when they are aged 13, 14 or 15.
This is not the case for 55-year-old Jane Cheruiyot, a mother of two, who dropped out of Standard Four in 1988 and got married.
Thirty years later, Ms Cheruiyot – who hails from KiboinoVillage in Baringo Central – has rekindled her dream to further her education.
She enrolled into adult education late 2017; and is set to sit the 2018 KCPE, which begins on Tuesday, October 30.
Ms Cheruiyot and six other adult education candidates will sit the national test at the Visa Oshwal Academy in Kabarnet, Baringo County.
“I am optimistic that I will pass the examination with flying colours. I want to join a good secondary school, and later get admission into a top university in the country, where I would pursue an undergraduate course in business,” she told EDAILY.
“I want to use the skills I would have acquired to manage my business,” said Ms Cheruiyot.
Ms Cheruiyot’s first born child is a student at Tambach Teachers Training College in Elgeyo-Marakwet County, while her second born is a Form Four student sitting this year’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE).
Elsewhere, a 39-year-old man from Hindi area in Lamu County is also set to sit this year’s KCPE.
Julius Mwangi enrolled for the national test at a boys’ primary school in the county. He was being tutored at home by a teacher from Ndeu Primary School.
Mr Mwangi, who ditched studies while in Standard Seven in 1997, says he decided to go back to school to increase his chances of landing a well-paying job and bettering his life.
“Life, of late, has been unbearable. I realised without education, my financial situation was not going to improve. Since dropping out of school in my much younger years, I have been struggling to make ends meet. I have a family, and I want to succeed. The only recipe of the success I am craving for is education,” said Mr Mwangi.
“I urge those who are elderly and uneducated to consider enrolling or re-enrolling to school. Education makes life easier and better,” said Mr Mwangi.
The father of two sons aged 9 and 2, says he wants to become an advocate of the High Court after pursuing an undergraduate degree in law.
Mr Mwangi’s 36-year-old wife, Grace Wambui, says she is happy with the decision her husband made.
“I also I wish I could go back to school, but I can’t because of the children. I have to look after them,” said Ms Wambui, who dropped out of school at Standard Eight.