He is bright, ambitious and has a future – but his life is on hold. Prince Edward cannot release Brighton Mahohoho’s results until he settles a $810 debt.
Brighton wrote seven subjects in last year’s Advanced level course but cannot proceed to study for his desired Actuarial Science degree until the huge debt is cleared.
He wrote Sociology, Economics, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Management of Business.
His mock results availed to NewsDay indicate that the whiz kid scored 5A’s a B and a C.
Sources at his school confirmed that he might have amassed 35 points and this cannot be disputed as he scored 32 points in the midterm exams.
“I cannot collect my results because I owe the college around $800. It pains me a lot for I know my future lies in my education but if I can’t get my results, I cannot proceed to the next level,” said Brighton.
“My parents cannot afford this much as my father earns less than $150 and has nine people to look after. I am the first born in my family.”
Kevin Atkinson headmaster of the school said that he had no doubt Brighton scored high but said that his high marks would not pay wages for his staff or bills for the school.
“I have no doubt that he scored high as he is a bright student. His points do not pay for my wages or my staff. We have enormous bills to cover and that is clear we desperately need that money”.
Education Minister David Coltart said that government was in a predicament and described the measure as harsh.
“But parents should have anticipated this. Education is essential and it needs money. In that light parents must pay the fees. For orphans and vulnerable students they can come to the ministry so we see what we can do to help,” said Coltart.
Brighton’s case exposes the education system in the country with many criticizing government policy.
While Brighton’s case stops him from going to university, hundreds of other college students are not accessing results for same reasons raising fears that students are being hugely prejudiced.