Yasmin Muktar comes across as pleasant, good listener and a little soft spoken.
When the CS for education Dr. Fred Matiangi announced the 2017 KCPE results, Yassin expected she will score well but perhaps it came as a surprise that she was the leading pupil in the three counties of North Eastern Kenya; Garissa, Wajir and Mandera.
There was Safaricom network outage in Mandera on the better part of the same day as the results were announced and the biggest worry was how to get to know them as soon as possible since there was delay in the SMS response the provided short code for checking the results.
Her father, Dr. Muktar Issack, a medical Heath Officer and who was away on official duty, informed them the results by calling one of the family members later in the day.
From the marginalized County of Mandera, one has to battle a tough test of resilience, forfeit their comfort in a hostile environment to be at par with colleagues in a better position in the rest of the country.
The best candidate nationally had 455 out of the possible 500, Yasmin scored 422, just 33 marks shy of the total score.
Asked how she feels after the announcement of the result, she replied “I expected better, but Alhamdulilah I’m happy. I’m grateful to my parents for providing me with a good environment to study, to my teachers and to my school mates..”
Yasmin says she would like to join one of the National schools in the country and dreams to be a Doctor like her father.
She completed, AL-HUDA STAR Academy, a private school in Mandera County.