A 21-year-old candidate from Tharaka-Nithi County who was studying on a Nation Media Group scholarship has scored A-minus in the recently announced Kenya Certificate Secondary Education examination results.
Gideon Gitonga from Gatunga village earned the scholarship for his four-year study at Mang’u High School after scoring 391 marks in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examination.
The candidate, the last-born in a family of eight children, comes from a low-income background.
Speaking to the Nation at his home, Gitonga said he hoped to score an A-plain but was content with the results.
“I worked hard to make sure that I do not disappoint Nation Media Group for its great support,” said Mr Gitonga.
He said he would like to pursue an engineering course at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and in future help his 70-year-old father, Mr Bernard Nyamu and 67-year-old mother, Mariamu Katha.
The father said he would not have raised fees for his son in Mangu if Nation Media Group would not have offered him scholarship.
“I had planned to take my son in a nearby day school and he would not have performed so well,” said Mr Nyamu.
He said he was optimistic that the son would save him and the family from poverty once he is employed after university studies.
He said they are already aged with his wife and called on the Nation Media Group to continue monitoring and advising his son even in university studies.