Mellan Njeri, a form two student at Kihumbu-ini Secondary School in Murang’a County, Kenya, has turned to the streets to beg for assistance with school tuition.
Njeri walked Nairobi’s Central Business District carrying a banner with the words “please help me with school tuition” to attract the attention of potential well-wishers.
According to The Standard, the adolescent was sent home due to KSh 29,177 in arrears (N109,175).
According to reports, the student and her companion Mary Wanjiru had previously traveled to Kenya’s Langata Road, Parliament Road, Processional Way, Kenyatta Avenue, and Moi Avenue but had failed to raise even a meager KSh 500. (N1,870.92).
“Around 8 a.m., we arrived in the city center. I accompanied her since she is a friend and neighbor of mine, and I know her and her family,” Njeri’s friend explained.
The 15-year-old, who was clothed entirely in her school uniform, explained that she had been kicked out of school for being in arrears on September 10 but that her mother had been unable to raise the necessary funds.
Anne Wangechi Mureithi, Njeri’s mother, confirmed the story, noting that she is a casual laborer and the sole breadwinner for Njeri and her three siblings.
“She has been in and out of school, and when she came home on September 10th, I had no other choice,” the mother explained. “That is how we decided to write the banner and allow her to travel from Ruiru to Nairobi.”
When contacted by the school, a secretary confirmed that the institution is aware of Njeri’s situation, but that the mother has yet to visit the school to speak with the management.
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