- 10 years of marriage, two children and resumptions at the KCPE did not prevent Hellen Jelagat from progressing in her studies
- Keiyo South MP’s sister graduated from Catholic University of East Africa after enduring what might otherwise break other people
- A weighted Jelagat focused on her academic journey and managed to graduate with first-class honors from the prestigious institution
Keiyo South MP Gideon Maiyo was thrilled when his sister Hellen Jelagat graduated from the Catholic University of East Africa on Friday, October 28.
Maiyo recounted a journey filled with hardships and saved by perseverance that saw her sister achieve one of her biggest dreams.
He revealed that poverty forced his sister to marry early after repeating class 8 twice, but did not proceed to high school.
“Join me in congratulating my sister Hellen Jelagat Kimaiyo who graduated from Catholic University today.
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“Jela sat her KCPE exams in 2003. She did well but due to poverty she was forced to repeat. She repeated class 8 in 2004 and was index 1 in Kaptarkok Primary School. She did well in her Kcpe, but because of poverty at home, she couldn’t go to high school. Poverty forced her to get married early,” Miayo added.
When Jelagat resorted to marriage after staying home too long with no hope of furthering her education, she had two children.
After spending a decade playing wife roles in her small family, she enrolled in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education in 2013.
“After 10 years of marriage and with 2 children, Jela registered as a private candidate to take the 2013 KCPE exams for the third time. This time the chance fee was not a problem as I was working now” , the Keiyo South lawmaker revealed. .
Maiyo reported that a determined Jelagat excelled in her KCPE for the third time and gained admission to Ngeria Girls in 2014.
“She did well and in 2014 she was admitted to the Ngeria Girls of Uasingishu County. The children stayed home with mom,” he said.
Jelagat, a brilliant student, completed her secondary school certificate in Kenya in 2017 and obtained an average grade of B+, which earned her a place at the Catholic University of East Africa to study a bachelor’s degree in Science in Physics.
She was sponsored by the Joint Government Admissions Committee to take the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) course.
“Today, October 28, 2022, she is graduating with honors in physics, and her brother is MP Keiyo South,” a delighted Gideon Maiyo said.
An emotional Maiyo said he wished their lovely mother was alive to witness the milestones her children had traveled despite growing up in poverty.
“All I can say is never give up in life no matter what you’re going through. It’s a real story of hard work and determination,” Maiyo told TUKO.co .ke.
A lady from a modest background becomes the youngest holder of a doctorate
Nothing gives pride and joy to a community than to see one of their own excelling in all aspects of life. Such is a community in Nyeri County.
Only at the age of 28, Purity Ngina from Mbiriri village, Kabaru location, made history on Thursday, June 28, when she earned her doctorate at Strathmore University.
Coming from a modest background, Ngina obtained her doctorate in biomathematics, making her the youngest in this field.
Ngina, raised by her single mother who could barely afford to buy her a pair of shoes, overcame all odds to ensure she stayed in school.
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