NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 1 – Seventeen Class 8 pupils woke up to a rude shock on Tuesday morning when they were told they are not registered to sit for this year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations.
A spot check by Capital FM News indicated that nine of the pupils are from High Cue Primary School and others are from Utu Wema which are based in Lunga Lunga.
Parents interviewed explained that they paid the requisite registration fees and were assured that they will sit the examinations.
“Have mercy on these children and give them examinations so that their lives are not disrupted. And the teachers responsible should be punished with no mercy,” James Omondi, one of the parents stated.
“Now I have my daughter in the house. I do not know what I will do with her. This head teacher is doing a business which we don’t not want. When we asked her, she told us that they had registered the students somewhere and up until now, we have not had any results,” Stella Njoki, another parent stated.
Some of the students interviewed expressed dismay since their hard work over the years were all for nothing.
“Now we do not know whether we are going to be married off or we are going to form one. We have grown old here in school and we should be going to form one. The Ministry of Education should look seriously into this matter and hear our plea,” Jane Njuguna, a KCPE candidate stated.
“I am very disappointed because the teacher has caused me not to go to form one and all that school fees has been paid for me. I want to plead with the Education Ministry to give us an emergency examination,” Peter Maina, another candidate lamented.
The school’s head teacher was arrested after the parents and teachers camped at the school demanding answers.
At the Bondo township primary school, a 30year old KCPE private candidate was forced to start her exam 45 minutes late since she was still in labour ward by 8.00am in the morning.
Rachel Atieno started her mathematics paper at 8:45 am after delivering a bouncing baby boy at Bondo Sub County hospital.
Bondo medical superintendent Ahome Aketch confirmed the incident stating that the woman is in good condition.
In Nyeri, there was panic at the King’ong’o Primary School after teachers withdrew clipboards and geometrical sets as per the new guidelines set by the Education Ministry, before the procedure was explained to them.
A form four student at Bishop Gatimu Ngandu girls is pleading to the national government to intervene after she was denied permission to sit for her Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examination (KCSE).
Ann Mwihaki who is 18 years old lamented that she was sent home for good after she was found with her father’s mobile phone who worked as a librarian in the school.
In addition, Mwihaki alleged that she was dismissed from school without proper explanation from the school principal.
The Ministry of Education indicated that the examination is generally progressing well across the country despite the few hitches reported.
The Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) Chairman George Magoha has since warned that stern action will be taken against anyone found selling or buying fake examination papers.
952,472 candidates are expected to write the examinations with the new rules coming in place following years of malpractices that threatened the quality of education in the country.
26,308 centres have been secured across the country for the exams and among the 952,472 candidates, 473,719 are girls and 478,753 boys.
All schools were closed on Friday, October 28th 2016, to pave way for the nationwide start of the exams with all teachers not participating in the exams told to keep off.
All clipboards and geometrical sets were also banned from exam rooms with candidates required to carry their instruments and writing materials in a clear see-through plastic paper bag.