Fine Rasanga over mock exam photo, says Rarieda MP Ni­cholas Gumbo

Rarieda MP says ed­u­ca­tion not de­volved, so gover­nor shouldn’t have printed ex­ams

The Star (Kenya) - - Front Page - ERIC OLOO @TheS­tarKenya

Si­aya Gover­nor Cor­nel Rasanga should be sur­charged for spend­ing Sh1.7 mil­lion to print mock exam pa­pers with his photo and the slo­gan ‘Rasanga Tena’ for stan­dard eight can­di­dates.

Rarieda MP Ni­cholas Gumbo yes­ter­day said ed­u­ca­tion is un­der the na­tional gov­ern­ment and the coun­ties have no author­ity to fund exam pa­per print­ing.

“This is mis­use of funds and chil­dren for cam­paigns,” he said. On Wed­nes­day, Ed­u­ca­tion ex­ec­u­tive Pamela Akelo de­fended plac­ing Rasanga’s photo on the exam pa­pers.

She said, “It was meant to pre­vent par­ents from be­ing ex­ploited by head teach­ers who might have wanted to charge chil­dren to sit the exam.”

Akelo said the photos were not a cam­paign gim­mick. On Tues­day, res­i­dents crit­i­cised the county for the photos. But Akelo said, “We re­alised some head teach­ers ap­proach or­gan­i­sa­tions to spon­sor exam pa­per print­ing, only to ask par­ents and county gov­ern­ments to pay for the same. We printed the photos to dis­tin­guish the county mock pa­pers from other doc­u­ments.” She spoke to the Star on the phone on Wed­nes­day.

Akelo said the county spon­sored exam pa­per print­ing to sup­port the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor be­cause “if any­thing, pri­mary and se­condary ed­u­ca­tion are not de­volved.”

/ ERIC OLOO

Si­aya woman rep­re­sen­ta­tive Chris­tine Om­baka and Rarieda MP Ni­cholas Gumbo at a funds drive in Rarieda con­stituency last Saturday

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