Despite having hearing complications that were noticed by the school principal months to the KCSE examinations, Abdulmalik Isack Adan emerged the best student at Isiolo Boys High School scoring a B (plain) of 66 points.
Mr Isack partially lost hearing ability while in Class Seven at Kambi Garba Primary school in 2015, an issue he overlooked and continued with studies praying that it would not deteroriate.
Little did he know that three years later while in form two, the problem would worsen and make him strain to hear fellow students and teachers in class.
“I had to wait after the lesson to consult my friends because I could not hear the teacher,” Mr Isack said during an interview at the school.
The student suffered in silence and only shared with the mother Habiba Adan who kept encouraging him that he would regain his hearing.
It was during his routine checkups around the school, that the principal Mr Dida Abdi, noticed the 18-year-old was struggling to hear other students he was talking to while in class.
Mr Abdi assisted him seek medical attention in different hospitals locally and in Nairobi where specialists recommended hearing devices but his family could not afford.
The Principal would later reach out to Education Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Mumina Bonaya who helped the student procure the assistive device early this year.
The eighth born in a family of nine draws inspiration from his mother who he says has been encouraging him to achieve the best.
At some point he thought of dropping out of school due to the challenge but the mother kept encouraging him that things will one day get better.
“I am happy that despite the challenges my son has made it,” said Ms Habiba.
Mr Adan wants to specialize in Otolaryngology to assist people with conditions similar to his.
“I have always wanted to become a doctor so that I assist those with hearing difficulties like me,” he said.