South Sudanese Student Tops Kenyan Primary Examinations

Tito Yak Kuol, a South Sudanese student in Kenya from Uthiru Genesis Day and Boarding School is among the top in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examinations. He was ranked fourth in the nationwide exams whose results were announced late December in 2011.

South Sudanese Student Tops Kenyan Primary Examinations
Tito Yak Kuol is carried shoulder high by teachers and friends at the Uthiru Genesis Day and Boarding School on December 28[©JENNI]

NAIROBI, 06th January 2012 - Tito Yak Kuol, a South Sudanese student in Kenya from Uthiru Genesis Day and Boarding School is among the top in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examinations. He was ranked fourth in the nationwide exams whose results were announced late December in 2011.
 
He scored 440 marks out of a possible 500 marks. The top student scored 442 marks.

By all means, the 16 year old Tito Yak is a hero since his hard work has paid off as acknowledged by many in the school. 

"He is self driven and he actually knows what he needs at the right time," said Mr. James Wahome, the school head-teacher

An emotional Tito, shed tears of joy for his long journey to success, “am so grateful to my teachers, the way they helped me by offing prayers all through to my success.”

Yak has this extra ordinary background, he remembers little about his childhood spent in a country in the middle of a civil war, together with his brothers, they fled the war torn Sudan in 2005 in search of a better life in Kenya, aged only 9, they left their 2 weeks parents and trekked for days and ended up at the Kakuma refugee camp in north eastern Kenya where he enrolled in school.

“I did not even know how to read using English but through my cousins some of them who were in class 5 to 8 whenever I saw them reading, I would take my class one English book to read besides them," he naratted.

In 2007 he relocated to Nairobi and joined Uthiru Genesis Day and Boarding School and this is where his journey to success began.

“I reached class 6 while I was unable to read but I took one week of my time to attend pre-unit classes in the same school and the teachers would teach me for 10 minutes before the classes resumed,” Yak added.

"He used to sleep for 2 hours only then at 3 am he used to wake up, so I think its through his efforts that he managed to achieve this thing," said Aweng Machar, Tito's brother.

Yak Tito lives with his 6 brothers in Kawanguare, a sprawling estate in Nairobi city the capital of Kenya. As refugees they rely on well wishers for their daily upkeep.

“Am very prayerful because I would like to join Alliance Boys High School (one of the top secondary schools in Kenya), I believe I will get help somewhere,” he is optimistic.
 
Yak may have started from a humble beginning but he has big dreams, “for example in South Sudan today, even malaria which is a very simple disease it just kills people, so I believe if I can only become a doctor I can help the people,” Yak said.

Yak urged fellow South Sudanese students in foreign countries to take education seriously to be able to contribute positively to building South Sudan.
 
“There are a number of us here in Nairobi and most of them don’t take education seriously but I just want to tell them that education is the only way we can improve our nation,” he said
 
Gurtong media shall feature Tito Yak’s success story in the coming February Issue of the monthly Gurtong Focus magazine for a detailed report on his journey to success. 
 
Sources:
Nation TV (Kenya)
Radio Sudan
Edited by Gurtong Media

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