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Gladys Chepkirui: Woman Who Scored 298 Marks in KCPE Graduates From Oxford University

A Kenyan woman has inspired many with her story of grass to grace after graduating with a PhD in aerospace engineering from Oxford University, England.

Taking to Instagram, Gladys Chepkirui Ng’etich noted that she graduated from the top-rated university two years after completing her PhD studies. 

To commemorate her graduation, the 30-year-old released a book which she titled, The PhD Journey: Strategies for Enrolling, Thriving, and Excelling in a PhD Program. 

In a past interview with Daily Nation, Chepkurui disclosed that she scored 298 marks in her Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and she was rejected in a number of schools. 

However, she was fortunate enough to secure a slot at Mercy Girls’ High School in Kipkelion, Bomet County where she worked hard to fulfill her dreams. 

“My performance didn’t affect me because I didn’t even know what that meant. I was just a normal child,” Chepkurui said.

After four years at the school, Chepkurui scored an impressive A- in her Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) making her the top student in Kipkelion constituency. 

She cleared from high school shortly before securing a James Finlay scholarship to study mechanical engineering at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). 

While at JKUAT, she met a friend who introduced her to Rhodes scholarship. 

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“For Rhodes, you must pass very well for the University of Oxford to take you. I was hesitant at first, but I applied and the rest, as they say, is history,” she said.

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