Meshack Mutinda, who beat all odds to score 420 marks in the KCPE exam, wants more schools built in slums.
The top pupil at Bridge International School told the Star in an interview on Tuesday, it is sad that there few schools in informal settlements yet there are so many kids who want to learn.
Mutinda was raised by a single mother, a casual labourer, in the slums of Gicagi in Kangemi.
“I’m happy my hard work has paid off. I studied hard with the help of teachers. I hope to be an inspiration to all the children from Gicagi,” he said.
“In the slums, schools are congested, but learning for most of us was exciting,” he said.
Mutinda said he had a rough upbringing and lacked basic necessities like food and clothing.
He usually woke up at 5am to help his mother with her work before trekking to school.
Teachers at Bridge International School described the 13-year-old as disciplined. He was elected the head boy because of his good leadership skills.
Mutinda desires to become an engineer.
The top candidates countrywide Rawlings Odhiambo and Olive Wachira scored 453 marks in the exam.