Two candidates from Molo, Nakuru county are writing the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exam from hospital after giving birth as the exercise entered the third day yesterday.
Mercy Chebet, 18, and Lydia Koskey, 21, of Muchorwi and Kamara secondary schools, respectively got their bundles of joy at the Molo sub-county hospital on Monday night.
There was no time to waste for the new mothers who had to continue with their examination from the health facility under supervision and tight security. Hospital administrator Dominic Mburu said the newborns are in good health, adding that they are being watched over as their parents sit their examination. Koskey’s father, Daniel Kipkurui, said his daughter experienced labour pains after day one of the exam.
Meanwhile, candidates at Kanga National School in Rongo nearly missed their Kiswahili Paper One after it was dispatched to a wrong destination—Migori—from the Kenya National Examinations Council headquarters. Confusion gripped principals who had gathered at the sub-county headquarters to pick examination papers for their respective schools after learning of the missing packages.
But Rongo sub-county commissioner Joseph Satia and area senior education officials searched and found the package among those destined for Migori. The papers are suspected to have been accidentally packaged in a dispatch meant for Migori.
Meanwhile, the government has assured candidates across the country that examination material will reach them despite the ongoing heavy rains that have made some areas inaccessible because of bad roads.
Speaking when he toured some schools in Naivasha to monitor exam administration, Education Principal secretary Belio Kipsang commended officials and teachers putting in place measures to ensure the papers reach exam centres without hiccups.
“One of the major challenges we have faced currently is the ongoing rains but I am happy to report that all the examination material have arrived on time,” he said.
Among the schools Dr Kipsang visited is Milimani High in Naivasha town, where he said the government will use Sh6 million to construct 10 classrooms to accommodate the growing population of students.
In Gatundu North, heavy rains delayed the of papers to various centres. Gatundu North director of education George Wachira urged managers and supervisors to be arriving at the collection centre at 5am to allow them time to navigate rough terrains.