Victor Kiplangat, the resistant boy from Kericho who beat all the odds to pass KCSE »Capital News
NAIROBI, Kenya, May 30 – At 18 years old, much is expected of Victor Kiplangat, who performed excellently in last year’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams.
He lost his father in 2002 when he was born and his mother three years later in 2005.
His village, Kamiwa in County Kericho, is full of hope, that he will save them from the ruthless jaws of poverty, just like his grandmother, Alice Cherono- who just wants a dairy cow from him.
“God did it for him,” the 72-year-old grandmother said in an interview with Capital News.
She continued to sing the community song for the celebrations.
This is the untold story of an orphan who overcame harsh economic realities coupled with eye disease, to excel in his 2020 Kenya Secondary School Certificate (KCSE).
Kiplangat has collected an impressive A under 80 points and hopes to join the University, where to continue his medical studies.
When Education Cabinet Secretary Professor George Magoha released the KCSE results two weeks ago, Kiplangat was nervous, not because he was afraid of failing, but even more because of his community. .
“I didn’t want to let my community down,” the 18-year-old who grew up lonely said in an interview with Capital News.
“That morning, when I heard the results were released, I left home… I knew my family and the whole community believed in me. But because of the challenges I went through growing up, my confidence was failing. I heard the news at the mall, far from home. ”
It was his colleagues and friends who informed him that his name had been mentioned by the cabinet secretary on television.
He was broadcasting the event live, but the network continued to fail.
“I thought they were joking,” said the second born in a family of three.
Kiplangat was studying at the M-Pesa Foundation Academy and is currently at the Uongozi Center, a program of the Academy, which aims to enhance leadership potential, develop independent thinking skills and help learners to incubate business ideas and community projects.
“I knew he would pass. He always did it even in elementary school, ”said Michael Owesi, who was his elementary school math and science teacher.
Kiplangat went through times of emotional distress growing up without his parents, and that’s what, he says, keeps him going.
Her mother, a teacher, was brutally killed in 2005.
“I’ll continue…” with a long look and a smile on his face, he said.
Capital FM News met him at the Uongozi Center in Thika, Kiambu County, where priority is given to the intellectual, physical, social and emotional well-being of its members.
A boy who grew up on the goodwill of his family and community is now committed to being the agent of change in their lives.
“Victor was one of our excellent students here,” said Christian Gülzow, director of the M-Pesa Foundation Academy, who has been a career educator since 1993.
The center has developed a program that makes the link between the end of high school and entry into higher education institutions.
Gülzow said the program leans towards African leadership, entrepreneurship, culture and history as well as African philosophy.
The center also teaches regenerative agriculture to students so that they learn new agricultural technologies, which can be replicated at the community level.