Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) officials were on Monday, March 7 forced to intervene after it emerged that some Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) candidates at Lugari Primary School, in Kakamega County were unregistered.
This forced the officials to made a quick decision of photocopying examination papers for the 23 students who were affected and had already settled in the examination room.
Speaking to the media, Western Regional Director of Education Steven Barongo confirmed the incident stating that they were working around the clock to resolve the issue, as the national test continues.
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Barongo stated that the ministry had contacted their officials in the area to ascertain what exactly happened regarding the students’ registration. He added that they would keep the public updated with their findings once they conclude their investigations.
“We would like to know whether the learners were registered or not and why, we shall share more information immediately we get the brief,” the official stated.
It was the first day of the KCPE examinations across the country with students sitting for their Mathematics, English, and composition papers.
On the other end, the headteacher of Rurii Primary School in Kirinyaga County John Mwangi was arrested after he refused to admit a student to the examination room over fee arrears.
After the intervention of the police and other ministry officials, the student was allowed to sit for the papers.
Investigations are still being conducted with preliminary reports indicating that the teacher will be charged with violating the learner’s right to education.
Previously, Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha, stated that no student would miss the examination due to outstanding areas. He warned principals and school head that action would be taken against them if they turned students away.
“Primary and secondary schools will receive Ksh2.1 billion and Sh14.7 billion respectively, which is enough to keep all students in school for at least the remaining eight weeks before the term ends, hence no need to send students home.
“Never sympathise or become diplomatic with such institution heads ensure you send them to where they belong for mistreating students from humble backgrounds,” the CS warned then.