This year, a 72-year-old great-grandmother is among the candidates sitting for the 2016 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exam. Her name is Cheptakar Kakuko Tukongole and she is a traditional midwife in Baringo,
The granny who is doing her exams at Chepturu Primary boasts of the index number 10. The woman whose favorite subject is Swahili is confident that she will pass the examination and proceed to form one next year.
Cheptakar has 14 children but none of them went to school.
“None of my children went to school and I am the only person who can communicate in Kiswahili. I can also write but for them it’s a dream. It is only my last born and I who have taken up the challenge. My other 14 children have not enrolled in school but that has never discouraged us,”
Despite the huge age difference, Cheptakar is loved by most of her classmates. One Cindy Jebiwott, 14, described her as the most hardworking pupil in class. Of course ‘pupil’ seems like a strange word to use on a granny but she’s still a pupil. That’s until she’s done with exams.
It’s truly great to see people not being afraid to take up education despite their age. We wish Cheptakar all the best in her KCPE exams.