Mt Kenya University chairman, Prof Simon Gicharu, has offered Milly Nafula a full scholarship to study at the institution. Ms Nafula, who currently works as a posho mill attendant, missed the opportunity to join university 14 years ago, despite qualifying for university placement with a grade of A- in her Kenya Certificate of Secondary Ęducation (KCSE).
“I really wanted to join university and there is no way I would have failed to report. I simply did not get the admission letter. I would not have let an opportunity to join university pass me for any reason. If I had the money, I would have followed up on my admission in Nairobi as I had been advised,” Nafula said on Wednesday.
After failing to receive a calling letter from the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) (formerly Joįnt Admission Board), Ms Nafula resorted to do menial jobs to eke out a living.
“I was touched when I saw her story on TV. I asked myself, how can we as Kenyans allow her to stay at home for so many years just because she was not admitted to a university,” said Prof Gicharu. “I would like to inform this congregation that we will give a scholarship to her. This will enable her to actualise her dream.”
Prof Gicharu said that the university will fund Nafula’s tuition fee for the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery courses.
In a statement on Tuesday, December 7, KUCCPS CEO, Agnes Wahome said that Nafula was posted to Moi University to pursue a Bachelor of Tourism. However, according to investigations, it was discovered that another student registered at the university using Nafula’s identity.
KUCCPS urged her to write a new letter to the agency, seeking redress.
“My mother Alice Makinia singlehandedly supported me. She made all the sacrifices until I completed high school. She was hoping I would join university and later support her. She dięd in 2012 before seeing this come to pass,” Ms Nafula said.
“My world came to a standstill. My mother’s dęath was unexpected. I was left with the burden of taking care of my siblings and that burden has continued to be heavy for me.”
Nafula, who has not yet given up on achieving her dream of becoming a medical practitioner, had resorted to pig farming to fund her university ęducation. “But I have not given up on my dream of becoming a doctor. That is why I am asking the concerned government agencies to give me an opportunity to go to university,” she said.