DEFIES MOTHER

Boy, 16, reports to Orero Boys High with Sh50

Joseph Odhiambo who scored 364 marks had four exercise books and an old bible in his bag

In Summary
  • Odhiambo raised Sh400 by weeding people's farms. He then bought a pair of socks at Sh100 and used Sh250 on a motorbike, which ferried him to the school.
  • His mother does not have stable job. She undertakes odd jobs like weeding people’s farms and washing cloths to earn a living.
A security guard inspects Joseph Odhiambo bag at Orero Boys High School on Thursday, May 12.
DEFIES MOTHER: A security guard inspects Joseph Odhiambo bag at Orero Boys High School on Thursday, May 12.
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An ambitious 16-year-old boy shocked his mother when he took himself to Orero Boys High School for admission with only Sh50.

Joseph Odhiambo who scored 364 marks in the 2021 KCPE exam, defied his mother and left home in Kasipul on Thursday for the school in Rangwe constituency, 40kms away. 

His bag had four exercise books and an old bible.

“My grandmother gave me her bible and a hymn book. I bought the biro pen at Sh10, while one of the teachers bought me a mathematical set during KCPE exam,” Odhiambo said.

The boy was the top student at Mawira Primary School in Kasipul constituency. He was placed to Orero Boys High School.

However, his mother had told him they do not have money for fees and he would not get a chance to continue with his education.

Their last resort was for him to attend a day secondary school.

Joseph Odhiambo at Orero Boys High School in Rangwe on Thursday, May 12.
FUTURE LAWYER: Joseph Odhiambo at Orero Boys High School in Rangwe on Thursday, May 12.
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“I don’t know where my father is because he left home in 2019 and has not come back. I have been with my mother but she can’t afford my secondary education,” Odhiambo said.

He said he defied his mother to join Orero Boys because it is his school of choice. Odhiambo wants to become a human rights lawyer.

His mother had refused to download his calling letter as a way of denying him the opportunity.

However, On Wednesday morning, Odhiambo raised Sh400 by weeding people's farms. He then bought a pair of socks at Sh100 and used Sh250 on a motorbike, which ferried him to the school.

“I appeal for any well-wishers to help me achieve my dream. I don’t have anything at home to help me pursue my education,” the boy said.

Odhiambo’s mother does not have stable job. She undertakes odd jobs like weeding people’s farms and washing cloths to earn a living.

Orero High School principal Dickens Bula said the learner reported to school without fees and uniform.

He said he was able to confirm that the student got a calling letter from the school. 

“The boy is truly needy and should be assisted to pursue his education. I have confirmed with his primary headteacher,” Bula said.

The management at Orero called on well-wishers to help the boy get an education.

(Edited by Bilha Makokha)

Joseph Odhiambo is led to the principal's office at Orero Boys High School in Rangwe on Thursday, May 12.
LACKS FEES: Joseph Odhiambo is led to the principal's office at Orero Boys High School in Rangwe on Thursday, May 12.
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Joseph Odhiambo opens his bible he was given by grandmother at Orero Boys High School on Thursday, May 12.
APPEALS TO WELL-WISHERS: Joseph Odhiambo opens his bible he was given by grandmother at Orero Boys High School on Thursday, May 12.
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