Visually Impaired Orphan Who Overcame All Odds To Excel In KCPE, Now Appeals For help to Join Form One.


Anne Ntilale inside a computer room in Thika Primary School for the blind.

A blind orphan, who had previously been married off to an old man in a neighboring country, beat all odds and excelled  in this year’s KCPE examinations in the special schools category in Thika West Sub-County of Kiambu County

Anne Ntilale from Narok County, scored 368 marks to lead the list of the exemplary performers at the Thika Primary School for the Visually Impaired.

Ntilale, a mother of one and totally blind, was in 2013 forcefully married off by her relatives to an old man after her guardians refused to pay school fees for her.

According to the School head teacher Jotham Makhoha, Ntilale who was schooling at a Narok school then but never resumed school failed to resume back after the General Elections. Efforts to trace her at their rural home bore no fruits as nobody was willing to tell them where the 14 year old girl had gone.

Her computer teacher Peter Okeyo took it upon himself to look for the girl and with the help of a preacher in Narok and in March 2015, they traced her in a remote village in the heart of Tanzania. By then she was already a mother of a one-year old daughter.

After the rescue, her daughter was kept in the custody of her 70 year old grandmother and Ntilale sent back to school.

Speaking to Thika Town Today, Ntilale said that her dream was to become a judge one day so that she could fight for poor marginalised girls from her native Masai community.

“Our biggest worry now is that she might not pursue secondary education due to poverty since her grandmother is unable to raise any money for her education. We are therefore appealing to well-wishers to assist Ntilale continue with her education and take care of her child and uplift the standard of her family’s life,” said the elated Head teacher.

He however notified us that her teachers were planning to visit her Narok home later this month to celebrate her achievement.

Other than Ntilale several other girls in the school performed so well with Susan Wairimu Njihia, another totally blind pupil scoring 362 points. Gloria Nzomo, who lives with acute albinism, scored 355 marks.

The center presented 20 candidates for the 2016 KCPE examinations.
                                                                                                                                      

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