Garissa duo op­poses pro­posal to trans­fer kids from exam cen­tres

Gov­ern­ment has ex­plained that the move was in­formed by in­se­cu­rity. Shidiye says mov­ing stu­dents will keep them from their par­ents, which will desta­bilise them

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - STEPHEN ASTARIKO @stephenAs­tariko

Two MPs from Garissa county have urged Knec to en­sure stu­dents sit their na­tional ex­ams in their re­spec­tive schools.

Lagdera MP Mo­hamed Shidiye and his Dadaab coun­ter­part Mo­hamed Dahiye told the Kenya Na­tional Ex­am­i­na­tions Coun­cil not to move stu­dents to other cen­tres.

They ad­dressed the press yes­ter­day af­ter a funds drive in Garissa. Shidiye urged Knec to al­low the stu­dents to sit the ex­ams where they reg­is­tered. Shidiye said some cen­tres, es­pe­cially those on the bor­der, have been closed by the gov­ern­ment and stu­dents told they would be moved to other cen­ters.

The move, he said, will place the stu­dents at a dis­ad­van­tage.

“The gov­ern­ment has ex­plained that the move was in­formed by in­se­cu­rity yet wananchi are go­ing about their busi­ness in the same ar­eas,” Shidiye said.

He added, “When the min­istry moves stu­dents they will re­quire shel­ter, food and trans­port. They are mov­ing away from their par­ents, which will au­to­mat­i­cally desta­bilise them.”

Dahiye told the exam agency in north­ern Kenya the dis­tance is far and wide and the ter­rain is harsh.

If it rains it would be dif­fi­cult for the stu­dents to go back home or to school.

Their call comes barely two days af­ter Knut Garissa branch of­fi­cials urged the state to use heli­copters to trans­port exam pa­pers di­rectly from the head­quar­ters to the exam cen­tres since the con­tain­ers pro­vided by the exam agency are too few.

Dahiye said their pleas to the au­thor­i­ties to have ad­e­quate con­tain­ers were ig­nored.

In Jan­uary, Na­tional Assem­bly ma­jor­ity leader Aden Duale praised teach­ers and can­di­dates from North­east­ern for post­ing good re­sults in KCPE ex­ams de­spite a huge teacher short­age.

In July last year, no mean­ing­ful learn­ing went on, fol­low­ing a spate of ter­ror at­tacks.

/ STEPHEN ASTARIKO

Dadaab MP Mo­hamed Dahiye and his Lagdera coun­ter­part Mo­hamed Shidiye in Garissa town yes­ter­day

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