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Family constraints propel student to top position

04 March 2014, 11:27 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - The news of being position one in Western Kenya and position seven nationally came to Benson Mokogi almost as a surprise.   

Mokogi said that his heart nearly stopped when he heard his name pronounced by Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi among top ten students nationally.

“I was in our shop doing business as usual and listening to the results on radio when I heard Kaimenyi calling out my name. Although I knew I was going to perform well, I didn’t expect to appear among the top ten nationally,” said Mokogi.

The former Chavakali High School student said that he had dedicated his life to study because he knew that only good performance would help him succeed in life.

“My family always motivated me. My single mother’s efforts to give me an education forced me to put up my best foot forward and perform well. I am glad that God helped me to perform well,” he said.

He said that his mother has struggled in paying school fees for him, and with all the challenges, nothing would have cheered her up better than good performance.  

The 17-year-old, who scored an average of A (plain) and led in Western Kenya, said that he wanted to be a doctor in order to help his people in the society.

His teachers praised him for his dedication to studies and exemplary life even in times of trouble.

They said that they were not surprised by his good performance since they expected that of him.

“Mokogi was a hardworking, prayerful student who would go to the extremes of fasting so that he could perform well in his studies,” Jane Sahi, the class coordinator said.

Sahi said that Mokogi had been leading many times and loved Mathematics very much. She said that he could sometimes miss school due to sickness but always performed very well when he resumed,” she said.

Mokogi said that his teachers at Chavakali were of great help to him and thanked them for their support.

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