Isaiah Wanjala, who scored 394 marks in 2019 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examinations, shocked villagers and his parents when he said he is ready to sell one of his kidneys to fund his secondary school education.
The 14-year-old boy who hails from Gidea village in Kwanza Constituency, Trans Nzoia County, was selected to join Chewoiyet Boys High School.
His parents have been unable to raise the over Sh50,000 required to join the national school that is based in West Pokot County.
“My aged parents are not in a position to raise my school fees as well as provide the basic needs for my younger brothers and sister,” said Wanjala.
Asked how he would execute the complicated process, Wanjala said he is prepared to undergo the operation to remove one of his kidneys as long as it will raise fees for his high school and university education.
But his parents, Rose Andisi and Fred Wanyonyi, have had sleepless nights since the boy informed them of his intentions.
The boy is the fifth-born in the family with nine children.
The parents have appealed to well-wishers to help raise the cash needed to help the boy fulfill his dream of becoming an engineer.
“As a family, we are worried by his decision. We have tried to persuade him otherwise but he is adamant and determined to join his dream school,” said the parents.
This comes two days to the deadline of Form One admissions and at a time the national government is advocating for 100% transition from primary to secondary school.