Benjamin Okoth, a child classified under special needs is one of
the best Primary Leaving Examinations, PLE candidates in Soroti. Okoth, who
scored six aggregates, has difficulty in hearing, talking and has weak limbs
The 14- year-old completed Primary Seven at Goshen Primary School located in
Western Division, Soroti Municipality. His family almost gave up on him, when
the mother failed to raise his fees in preference to other children.
Okoth’s academic potential would not have been realized, had it not been for
the school management that offered him a full scholarship from primary two.
Winnie Onyanga, the Director of Goshen Nursery and Primary School says they saw
Okoth’s potential right from nursery level. She explains that right from Baby
Class, Okoth was on top of the class despite his condition.
She notes that it was very difficult to look after the boy because he needed
special attention when going to the washrooms and other places.
“He was very weak and sickly to the extent that he would fall down every time
he tried to play with other children. We gave him a scholarship when we saw
that the mother was almost pulling him out of school because of school fees.
Even when he joined boarding at upper primary, it was other children helping
him bathe, wash clothes and carry him to the kitchen and dormitory.
According to Onyanga, Okoth is gifted in academics, adding that if given an
opportunity, he will be a good resource to the country.
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Sarah Nabirye, Okoth’s mother says the boy’s health was affected during a
domestic brawl with the father. Nabirye, now a single mother of 10 children
says the injury inflicted on the boy inside the womb affected him when he was
She revealed that much as Okoth has turned out to be brightest among all her
children, she is financially incapacitated to see him through school. The
family now lives in an incomplete house which was offered by a well-wisher in
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Okoth says that he wants to become Medical Surgeon in order to help the needy.
He hopes to join Kings College Budo.