Amelia Jacobeth, the inmate who attained 402 marks in the recently announced Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exam results says she turned on education to reconnect with her family and a source of consolaton.
According to her, she hasn’t seen her family since she was arrested in January 2021.
Jacobeth has been in the remand at the Kakamega prisons after being arrested and charged against the death of her mother pressed against her in the same month in Shishembe village, Kakamega south.
Having done her KCPE in 2007 and emerged with 305 marks, the 31 year old, Jacobeth says her decision to re-sit the KCPE exams was a step towards reconnecting with her family which she hasn’t seen since locked up.
“I have been in Kakamega prisons remand since January last year, No close family member has visited me since then,” Jacobeth said in an interview with The Standard, adding “it hurt my mental health and I found solace in education.”
According to the prison officials, the majority of inmate candidates score an average of 250 marks.
Jacobeth previously told Nation: “The fact that one is behind bars does not mean your brain is behind bars, All one needs to do is to stay focused and go for the available opportunity to leave a mark on those around you.”
“Being behind bars is not the end of the world. All one needs is to be disciplined and remain focused in life. I decided to spend part of my time studying. I made a decision to prepare for the KCPE exams and am happy to to have scored a good marks.”
Jacobeth who is also a form three dropout at Eregi’ Girls’ Secondary School plans to continue with secondary education as her case progressess.
She is also determined to use any chance that she has to ensure that she gets into greater heights in education.