A twenty-nine years old man, Simon Ndaya Maina, has defied all odds in the struggle to further his education to get a university degree. Ndaya has been working as a bus conductor in Kenya Bus Service during the day and a part-time student in University of Nairobi attending evening classes to pursue an undergraduate degree in Bachelor of Commerce in Procurement and is looking to graduate next month.
Ndaya, the second born in a family of six siblings, sat for his Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education in 2005 and attained a B (plain) of 64 points. Unfortunately, he did not qualify to join the university as a Joint Admission Board (JAB) student having not achieved 67 points which were the university entrant mark at the time. This, however, did not deter his determination to pursue a university education.
In the country having no college education, enough experience or “knowing somebody” as it is commonly put; getting a well-paying job is a big challenge. This was no different for him then as it still is even today. This saw him join the matatu industry where he has been working as a conductor. As a conductor, he would manage to save between 1700 to 1800 Kenya shillings weekly. In 2009 Ndaya applied for admission for a Bachelor of Commerce degree in University of Nairobi and was accepted. Having managed to save about 19,000 shillings and some 20,000 he had secured from a trust fund he enrolled for his first semester.
Juggling between work during the day and classes in the evening has not been an easy task. Ndaya has had to struggle to save the little he gets to raise funds for school fees, get time in between his working hours to revise for exams and finish assignments. Lack of adequate funds has seen him call off a few semesters to raise tuition fees. However, despite the many challenges the five-year journey has finally come to an end and Simon Ndaya is set to graduate this December.
Source [Nairobi News]