Back in school at 98, Kenyan woman sets example for next generation
11 February 2022 | 10:32 am
Ninety-eight-year-old Priscilla Sitieni is the oldest primary school pupil in grade six at a school in Kenya's Rift Valley. Sitieni wants to achieve the goal of a lifetime: to pass her exams and obtain her diploma.
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