- Allan Wasonga, Agoro Sare High School student, scored an A (plain) of 87.173 points
- Wasonga disclosed that his concentration was high at night and his mother would complain of the lights when he woke up to study
- The bright man said he had to spend sleepless nights when schools resumed to catch up with his fellow learners
Wasonga Allan Udoma was announced as the second-best student nationally in the 2020 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination.
Determined to pass, the Agoro Sare High School student who scored an A (plain) of 87.173 points, recalled how he would study in the toilet to allow his mum to sleep.
Speaking to Citizen TV on Monday, May 10, Wasonga disclosed that his concentration was high at night and his mother would complain of the lights when he woke up to study.
"My mother wanted to sleep, she was complaining about the light and my concentration is high at night. So I just went to the toilet, put on the light and I would read there sometimes," said Wasonga.
When schools were closed in March 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Education urged the learning institutions to adopt online classes.
However, Wesonga said he was unable to attend most of the online classes, putting him at a disadvantage compared to other learners.
Consequently, the bright man said he had to spend sleepless nights when schools resumed to catch up with his fellow learners.
He said he had to read up to 1.30am and sometimes in the dormitory, he would read while standing to avoid falling asleep up to 3.30am, sleeping for only 30 minutes before waking up again for the normal school programme.
The champion said he would like to pursue medicine and specialise in neurosurgery.
"I want to pursue medicine and surgery and then after that, I can specialise in neurosurgery. Wherever I do it, even if it is abroad, my services will be offered here," affirmed Wesonga.
In the KCSE results released by Education Cabinet Secretary, Simiyu Robinson Wanjala from Murang'a High School was announced the top student with an A (Plain) of 87.33 points.
Wanjala said though he expected good results, it never occurred to him that he could be the best student.
In an interview with TV47 on Monday, May 10, he said it was a surprise to emerge as the top student but he was nonetheless overjoyed that he had achieved such a milestone.