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Former street boy shines in 2013 KCSE

04 March 2014, 10:19 Arap Yego

Bungoma - A former street boy was among the leading students in the 2013 KCSE exam results released in Bungoma County Monday.

Derrick Khaemba, 17, a former student at St Luke’s Kimilili Boys’ High School was rescued from the streets of Bungoma town after the passing away of his single mother. He was number seven in the entire County with a mean grade of A (plain) corresponding to 81 points.

Derrick received the good news of his exemplary performance through a phone call from one of his teachers while taking care of his grandmother’s cattle in Bokoli Village, Webuye West Constituency.  His 80 year old grandmother, Susan Namulome Khaemba is his guardian.

The grandmother had no money for fare for his grandson to go to his former school, where his teachers and former student were waiting to fete him. He was forced to hike a lift from a vehicle used by journalists to reach their homestead.

“I thank God for my good performance. I knew I would perform well, but not this much. My humble background greatly inspired me to work extra hard. I am happy to finally reap the fruits of hard work and discipline,” Khaemba, who revealed that he wants to be an Electronic and Electrical engineer, told journalists.

“I  would like to tell students from humble backgrounds like mine not to give up; hard work, discipline and prayer are the keys to success,” said Khaemba, whose overjoyed grandmother was lost for words.

St Luke’s Kimilili Boys’ High School Principal, Patrick Wandili heaped praise on his former student and revealed that his good performance did not come as a surprise to him.

“He was a man of few words and exceptionally disciplined.  All he knew was books. I told him before he sat for his exams that he would get an A, and that has come to pass,” said Wandili.

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