A 68-year-old woman from Makueni County is among 1 million candidates sitting for this year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examinations.
Veronica Kaleso, a farmer, who is taking her examinations in Unoa Primary School in Makueni County, said she went to school to learn how to count money. The mother of 10 and grandmother of 24, dropped out in Standard Five at Kyamuthei Primary School in 1969 for lack of fees.
“Sitting for this examination marks an important milestone in a journey I began many decades ago,” Kaleso told journalists during rehearsals on Monday.
She noted that a lack of education has exposed her to massive losses because of her workers who take advantage of her illiteracy.
“I am a farm manager and I normally lose a lot of money since my employees and customers steal from me. They take advantage of me,” Kaleso said during an interview with Capital FM News.
Kaleso added that she is eager to know how to read and write English to enable her to communicate well with her customers and is aiming to achieve at least 400 marks.
“Going to school will help me know these things. I also want to know how to operate this smartphone,” she added.
Coincidentally, Ms Kaleso is sitting for the exams in the same school with her granddaughter who is 13-year-old.
She hopes to proceed to secondary school next year “so that I do away with go-betweens while being served in government offices”.