Kenya parades primary kid to advise degree, masters, PhD graduates

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Goldalyn Kakuya, a 2017 top Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) student

Authorities in Kenya went overboard when they paraded a primary kid, who is yet to set foot in a secondary school, to advise university graduands.

Standard Media reports that Goldalyn Kakuya, a 2017 top Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) student was invited at the 12th graduation ceremony of Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST).

Goldalyn from the St Anne’s Junior Lubao in Kakamega County became the talk of the town after she emerged victorious with 455 marks scoring an A in all subjects.

In a hyperbole of the century, officials at the university made Goldalyn address university graduates.

The KCPE student who has received too much attention, reportedly told the graduands awaiting degrees, masters and PhDs that “they have a long way to go”.

“Graduating does not mean they you have achieved much,” the little tin told graduands.

The speech drove Kenyan social media into a frenzy with many lambasting the administration of the University for “Going Nuts”.

But MMUST administration quickly refuted the excerpt of the speech. The Communications Director of the institution told Standard Digital that Goldalyn only congratulated the graduands.

“We wish to further clarify that the purported excerpt speech circulating in the media is not a true representation of her short remarks on that day,” said Dr Bob Mbori, the Director, Public Communications at the MMUST in a statement.

He added: “The correct status is that Ms. Kakuya congratulated the graduands, wished them well and observed the need to be ethical while pursuing different careers. A recording of her remarks is available.”