Girl Beats Disability to excel in KCPE Exams

Ifrah shuriye addressing the media at Young Muslim Academy in Garissa. She was accompanied by her father Mohamed Said (right) and her mother (L). Shuriye urged students living with disabilities to work hard in their studies and they would reap the fruits of their work. Photo by Erick Kyalo


A pupil from Young Muslim Academy in Garissa County has gone against all odds to score 405 marks in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) results released yesterday by Education Cabinet Secretary (CS), Prof George Magoha.

Ifrah Mohamed Shuriye, who is both physically and partially visually disabled, was seventh overall nationally and top in Garissa County for special needs education category.

Ifrah shuriye the Young Muslim Academy disabled girl who earned 405 marks

Addressing the press after joining fellow pupils at the institution in celebrating her success, a joyous Ifrah thanked her parents and teachers for their support throughout her primary school education

She urged students living with disabilities to work hard in their studies, noting that ‘disability is not inability and have proven it.

“Today, I thank God first for keeping me safe in my studies I am very happy. I also thank my parents and teachers for all the support they accorded me,” Ifrah said elatedly.

“I want to also appeal to those students living with disabilities to work hard, put God first and they will reap the fruits of their hard work,” she advised.

Ifrah’s father, Mohamed Shuriye, who described his daughter as hard working could not hide his joy following her excellent performance.

“I am very happy today. I thank the teachers and urge all other students living with disabilities to emulate my daughter and work hard in their studies and they will succeed,” Shuriye said.

The Young Muslim Academy Head Teacher, Makunja Casper, describe Ifrah as a hardworking and disciplined girl. Makunja noted that her success is a sure proof that disability is not inability.

Ifrah said she would like to join Starehe Girls’ High School and on completing her form four then pursue medicine in hematology (Study of diseases related to blood).

“I would like to pursue this course so that I can help people with disabilities just like myself,” she said.

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