The world’s oldest person to begin primary school was aged 84. Kimani Ng’ang’a Maruge (Kenya) enrolled into Standard One at Kapkenduiyo Primary School, Eldoret, Kenya, on 12 January 2004.
He even wore the school uniform and hoped to reach Standard Eight. On 6 April 2004 it was reported that Ng’ang’a passed his first end-of-term exams with straight A’s in English, Kiswahili and math, making him among the top five students in the class. The headmistress, Mrs Jane Obinchu (Kenya) made him a senior headboy as a reward. Ng’ang’a was a Mau Mau Veteran (who fought for independence against British colonialists) had 30 grandchildren – two of which were above him at the same primary school at the time he enrolled. He wanted to take advantage of free education for two reasons: to learn to count money; and for literacy so he could read the Bible.
Sadly, Mr Maruge passed away on 15 August 2009, aged 90.