After attaining 367/500 marks in their KCPE both Sammy & Evans were desperate to go to secondary school but this year has been a nightmare for all the pupils attending non-government schools. The selection process has been flawed to say the least and we were getting totally fustrated with the lack of response. Luckily one of our teachers Madam Elizabeth took matters into her own hands and along with our Head Teacher Mr Sylvester & Dorothy, she arranged to take the boys to Pope Paul VI Seminary in Machakos for an entrance examination and interview. Here is her account of the proceedings:

Outside the Administration Block at Pope Paul VI

Our journey to Machakos was fine, we started our journey on Sunday night and got there safe. Monday I took the boys for the interview, Evans Tsuma and Sammy Mgoti. We were warmly welcomed by the secretary before the boys were given the question papers prior to commencing their interview.​

Examination time

They all sat for the exams which they passed with flying colours and were given the admission letters. We met the Principal of the school also called the Rector Reverend Father Dominic Nyamai who welcomed the boys in the school. We know we will build up a strong relationship with this very good school.

Madam Elizabeth with the boys

The following day we went for shopping with Sammy and Evans as the Principal requested they join the school immediately. As soon as we returned in the afternoon the boys received their new uniforms, they were so excited as this is the first time both boys had been away from home.

Two very happy boys

​All was done and now they are fully enrolled as students in the school ready to go to the dormitory. We thank the founders of St Bernadette Mary School for educating Sammy and Evans to this level and giving them the opportunity to gain access to secondary education.

Madam Elizabeth & Ali.JPG

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Madam Elizabeth, she has shown great determination & dedication, and in the words of Mr Sylvester “all our other teachers should emulate her”

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