Visually Impaired Candidate From Maranda Among The Top In KCSE

Visually Impaired Candidate From Maranda Among The Top In KCSE

A visually impaired candidate from Maranda High School in Siaya county has emerged among the top performers in the 2020 KCSE exams.

John Moses Ominde, 18, beat all odds and managed to score A- (minus) of 78 points.

He was the only candidate with special needs out of the over 400 candidates at the school.

Ominde, who lives with his parents at Carwash estate in Kisumu, was among the 14 top students with special needs. He was ranked position 14 nationally.

He attributed his success to God, hard work and support from his parents and teachers.

“It was the work of God and glory is to Him,” he said.

Moses aspires to study law at Harvard University. “It is the institution of my dream and I pray to God to see me through,” Moses said.

He said that he has opted to study law to rescue the downtrodden in society.

He said his deteriorating eyesight worsened when he got to Form 2.


"It is by the Grace of God that I sailed through," he said.


His father, Samuel Ominde, said Moses scored 405 marks in his KCPE exam at the Golden Elites in Kisumu.

Ominde said his son started having problems while in lower primary school after he was misdiagnosed for Malaria.

“A medic prescribed a quinine treatment for seven days instead of the requisite three day,” he said.

Ominde said he has consulted many specialist doctors and consultants to restore his son’s eyesight in vain.

“An orthopaedic once told me that his eyesight will diminish as he grows older,” he said.

Ominde said that he had initially applied for his son to be admitted to Nakuru High School since the institution has facilities for special needs children, but his efforts did not bear fruits.

He said that his son has had to learn through hardships at Maranda since the school lacked special teachers and facilities.

“But I am glad that he managed to cruise through after undergoing braille training at Kenya Institute of the Blind, ” he says.