Milly Nafula, a student who scored grade A- 14 years ago but missed a university slot has been granted a lifeline by Mount Kenya University (MKU).
Speaking during MKU’s 20th Graduation Ceremony on Friday, December 10, MKU chairman Prof Simon Gicharu said that the Board of Directors agreed to support Nafula by funding her education and providing other emoluments.
“I was touched when I saw her story on TV. I asked myself, how can we as Kenyans allow her to stay at home for so many years just because she was not admitted to a university. I would like to inform this congregation that we will give a scholarship to her. This will enable her to actualise her dream,” said Prof Gicharu.
The scholarship will fund Nafula’s tuition fee for the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery courses.
The 32-year-old mother of two will follow the footsteps of Daniel Sifa Wenje who graduated today, Friday, December 10 at MKU, after studying on a full scholarship. Wenje who studied Clinical Medicine had offered to sell his kidney to raise fees in 2017.
Ms Nafula scored an A-minus of 71 points at Manor House Secondary in Kitale, Saboti Constituency, in Trans Nzoia County.
After failing to get her admission letter to the university, she went to the local district education office but was referred to the Joint Admissions Board (JAB) (now Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS)) office in Nairobi. However, Nafula said she was unable to travel to the capital as she did not have the bus fare.
KUCCPS said that Ms Nafula was admitted to Moi University for a degree course in tourism but the agency does not know why she did not report, a claim Nafula discounted insisting she did not receive her admission letter.
“I really wanted to join university and there is no way I would have failed to report. I simply did not get the admission letter. I would not have let an opportunity to join university pass me for any reason. If I had the money, I would have followed up on my admission in Nairobi as I had been advised,” Nafula said on Wednesday.
On Wednesday, KUCCPS chief executive Agnes Mercy Wahome said Nafula should write to her office, providing her details for them to assist her.