By Mercy Ndirangu
“It is now my pleasure to declare the 2017 KCPE examination results released and wish all candidates success in their future endeavours and at the same time wish each and every Kenyan a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a PROSPEROUS YEAR 2018.” It is after these words by DR. Fred O. Matiangi, Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Education spoken on Tuesday 21st November 2017 that where Goldalyn Kakuyas’ victory started.
Goldalyn Kakuya from the St Ann’s Junior School Lubao in Kakamega County emerged top after scoring 455 marks out of 500 Marks, despite all the challenges that come with albinism. She was the first person with albinism toping the K.C.P.E since the introduction of Kenya Primary School certificate in 1985 when the 8-4-4 system of education was introduced in Kenya.
Kakuya scored 99A in English, 99A in Kiswahili, 85A in Maths, 88A in Science and 84A in Social Studies. Education Cabinet secretary Dr Fred Matiang’I said special schools produced 6 of the best candidates nationally. Speaking to journalist on Tuesday, Kakuya excitedly said that she is honoured to be celebrating her achievement as that she did not expect to perform in that manner. “I am honoured to be here celebrating this … it’s wonderful because I did not expect to do very well,” she said.
Kakuyas’ achievement has been a fruit of the great work that Albinism Society of Kenya has done in creating awareness in the inclusion of people with albinism. Albinism Society of Kenya that was formed in 2006 has been for years doing activations in counties to educate people about the causes of albinism and showing that people with albinism “Ni Ngozi tu’ otherwise they can perform any duties like any other people with Albinism.
Kakuya dedicated her achievement to teachers, friends, and parents that had a hand in her performance, adding that she would like to join Kenya High School or Mpesa foundation Academy as her dream schools.
She did not fail to mention her career dream of becoming a psychotherapist or a psychiatrist as she likes anything related to the mind. “In future, I want to be a psychotherapist or a psychiatrist. I always like anything related to the mind,” she said.
Speaking to Albinism society of Kenya (ASK) press Goldalyn dedicated her success to persons with albinism and her success was a clear indication people with albinism are equally bright and can also perform well.
Goldaly and her family got a gift of Ksh 100,000 from ASK, she also got a hamper from Safaricom Blaze, a trip to Mombasa from Bonfire Adventures among others.
When announcing the results, Education CS announced that the government would sponsor 100 of the students who scored above 400 marks. Matiang’i also announced that all students who scored over 400 marks would be guaranteed a place in National schools.