A student at the Jomo Kenyatta High School in Nakuru collapsed and later died on Monday, moments after arriving in school for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations.
The school principal, John Mureithi says the candidate said he was unwell and was taken to the nearby Nakuru North District Hospital where he collapsed and died.
“It is unfortunate that just a few minutes before the exams started we lost Gikonyo,” he added.
The deceased was identified as Francis Gikonyo who had been diagnosed with Hypertension, according to the Principal. “His parents had taken him to the same facility a few weeks ago where he was diagnosed with hypertension,” he said.
This year’s KCSE examinations were undertaken amid tight security to curb cheating which was rampant in previous years.
In Kieni West, two teachers, and an Administration Police officer were on Monday arrested after KCSE examination papers were found to have been tampered with. Those arrested include the Principal of Gatuanyaga secondary School Joseph Weru, an examination Supervisor Lucy Gathiru and Sergeant Laban Kinyua Murage. They were later taken to court in Nanyuki but it was not immediately clear what charges they faced.
Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has warned of tough action against anyone found violating regulations set out to guard the integrity of national examinations countrywide.
This article was first published in Capital News.