Two of the three candidates who were admitted to hospital with labour pains at the start of this year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination gave birth yesterday.
The three were on Monday admitted to Longisa county hospital in Bomet after doctors confirmed that they were in labour. Hospital superintendent Dr Ronald Kibet dismissed an earlier report by the County Commissioner Erastus Ekidor that the students were being treated for unknown illness adding that the three will write the examination in special rooms set up at the facility’s maternity ward.
He said the two candidates who have already delivered will be discharged upon completion of their examination papers adding that the remaining candidate will remain under observation and would be released after delivery.
The medic noted: “Among the three candidates, two are from primary schools in Bomet East while one was from a school in Sotik.” At the same time, President Uhuru Kenyatta has promised all candidates that this year’s national exams will be held in an orderly and transparent manner. He said the examination process has been reformed to give each learner an equal opportunity as enshrined in the constitution.
The Jubilee administration has overhauled the examination system that was full of loopholes and favoured children of the rich who could always access leaked exam papers. Uhuru spoke when he made a surprise visit to Westlands Primary School in Nairobi where he interacted with KCPE candidates before the start of the science exam.
“We have done everything we can to ensure that your exams are going to be done in an orderly and transparent manner so that every child has an equal opportunity,” he said. He urged the students to do their best in the exams with an assurance that free secondary education will be waiting for them next year. The students will become the first batch of students who will benefit from the free secondary education that will be rolled out in January.
The Government has already allocated Sh25 billion for the programme, which is a key plank of the Jubilee governments’ agenda for the next five years. Uhuru has assured adequate security for all students sitting exams and has urged all Kenyans of goodwill to support their success. Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i who is also the acting CS for Interior accompanied the President.
Elsewhere, transportation of the KCPE examination papers was delayed in several schools in Kilifi, Tana River and Kwale counties because of impassable roads caused by the heavy downpour that has hit the region since Tuesday. Some of the candidates and invigilators were also caught up in the heavy down pour forcing some to arrive late.
Heavy rains pounding the Coastal counties have caused flooding and destruction of roads. In some of the schools in Kilifi, the papers arrived late but the examination went on without a hitch. This came as Mining Cabinet secretary Dan Kazungu visited his former primary schools in the rural Langobaya Malindi constituency to motivate the candidates.
He visited Maji Langobaya and Marikano primary school before the candidates sat the examination papers. His visit was met with joy and excitement by both invigilators and students, who felt honoured to receive such a top government official during the examination period. Meanwhile, education officials in Nakuru have raised concerns over the reduced number of boys who registered for the 2017 KCPE exams in Molo sub- county.
Education director Joseph Chebor attributed the decline to poverty saying a number of boys prefer to go work to make quick money. And at Kodiaga Main prison in Kisumu, 27 inmates writing the examination expressed hope that they will post good results. The inmates said they are well prepared and they expect good results.
Officer in-charge Inspector Martin Akwanyi said he is optimistic that hey they will post good results. Akwanyi said they have extended the basic education facilities at the prison to accommodate more inmates who want to continue with their studies.