- Form two student Mellan Njeri resorted to walking through city streets with a placard pleading with well-wishers to help her raise school fees
- Clad in full school uniform, the teenager moved from one street to the other hoping to raise the KSh 29,000 (N108,513) required in school
- Photos of her desperate effort at settling her school debts have gone viral on social media and sparked massive reactions
Mellan Njeri, a form two student at Kihumbu-ini Secondary School in Murang'a county, Kenya has taken to the streets to beg for help with school fees.
To get the attention of would-be well-wishers, Njeri traversed Nairobi's Central Business District carrying a placard with the words "please help me with school fees."
Hasn't raised much
The Standard reports that the teenager was sent home over arrears of KSh 29,177 (N109,175).
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Reports indicate that as of 1:45 pm, the student and her friend Mary Wanjiru had already covered Langata Road, Parliament Road, Processional Way, Kenyatta Avenue, and Moi Avenue in Kenya but were yet to raise even a paltry KSh 500 (N1,870.92).
"We arrived at the city centre around 8 am. She is my friend and neighbour that is why I accompanied her since I know her and the family," Njeri's friend said.
The 15-year-old, who was dressed in her full school uniform, explained that she was sent out of the institution over the arrears on September 10 but her mother could not raise the money needed.
Mother unable to pay fees
It is against this backdrop that she sought the public's help as her end of term exams are due in a week and she risks missing them.
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Her mother Anne Wangechi Mureithi corroborated the story, adding that she is a casual labourer and the only breadwinner raising Njeri and three other siblings.
"She has been in and out of school and when she arrived home on September 10, I had no other option and that is how we decided to write the banner and allow her to travel from Ruiru to Nairobi," the mother expressed.
When the school was contacted, a secretary admitted that the institution is aware of Njeri's case but the mother is yet to go there physically for a chat with the administration.
Young student who took fowl to school to settle debt gets scholarship
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a young boy who had taken fowl to school to settle debt had bagged scholarship.
Mathews Simiyu, an SS 2 student at Holy Trinity High School in Saboti, Kenya had been sent home and he resorted to carrying a fowl to the institution hoping to be allowed back to class.
According to a report by K24, Simiyu had not paid his school fees for a year and had been asked to bring anything from home that may pay up the arrears before resuming his studies.
"When I arrived my school head asked me to bring anything to cater for my education and had no option but to bring my mother’s (fowl)for the fees."