Most of us can’t step in class, especially high school, once we become older than a standard teacher. Which means that at our 20s, we have written off high school from our minds completely. But that’s not the case with Kazungu Humadi Kadenge.

Ganze Boys Secondary Schoolin Kilifi received a rather odd new student this week when 74-year old Kazungu walked in and was admitted in form one. The father of seven, according to The Standard, sat for KCPE last year scoring 134 marks out of the possible 500. He then decided to pursue education further and liberate himself from being despised as illiterate. Besides, he wants to escape from being branded a witchcraft, something that’s very common in the region for his age-mates who are illiterate.


Kadenge dropped out of school 50 years ago, at class 4, but resumed last year at class 3. He however was allowed to sit for the KCPE after proving that he had the basic reading and writing skills. He turned down an offer to join a school in Taita, and is now schoolmates with his two sons.

His aim is to work hard and be the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission chief.