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Meet the Man who sat for KCPE nine times and now set to graduate from KU

The Kenya Certificate of Primary Education is a certificate awarded to students after completing the approved eight-year course in primary education in Kenyans. The examination is supervised by the Kenya National Examination Council. It is an entry examination that enables candidates to progress to Secondary education or training in tertiary institutions.

Mathew Aol Nyamlori, 36 years old man has an inspirational story to tell after sitting for KCPE examinations a record 9 times. His hard work has paid off and is now in the final year at Kenyatta University pursuing Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration.

PHOTO: Mathew Aol Nyamlori who sat for KCPE nine times


He first sat for his KCPE in 1998 and scored 478 marks out of a possible 700 while at Kipsimbol Primary School. He later got an admission letter to Kabianga High School but could not join due to financial difficulties.

In 1999 he was back to standard eight at Rongo Primary School and scored 559 marks. He got an admission letter to Kanga High School. Her aunt offered to sponsor him but it only lasted one term.

Nyamlori decided to abandon school for two years, before deciding to give education another shot.

In 2002 he joined Kitere Primary School, where he scored 387 marks. This time things were the same, he received his letter to join Rapogi High School and nobody was willing to sponsor him.

In the year 2003, he schooled at Sony Sugar Primary scoring 399 marks and was called again to Rapogi School

2004 he was in Rangwe junior academy scoring 434 marks and was admitted to Maseno High school

In 2008, he was a candidate at Agoro Primary School and scored 397 marks and was called to join prestigious Maranda High School. From

In 2009, He tried his luck from Aldo Rebby academy and got 401 marks. Kapsabet High came calling but he did not manage to join

In 2010 Nyamlori joined Agape academy Kosele he scored 401 marks and was re-admitted to Maranda high.

In 2011, he sat for KCPE from Oriri Primary Nyamlori and scored 403 marks. He received a letter Nairobi School and this time he got lucky after getting sponsorship.

Equity Bank through the Wings to fly scholarship program, sponsored his secondary education. In 2015 he sat for KCSE and scored a B+ plus of 71 points.

He joined Kenyatta university where he pursued Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration. He was set to graduate in July this year but that has since delayed due to current COVID 19 crisis.

To sustain himself he does online jobs and got ksh 45,000 yearly from Government.