Marwa angers Mom­basa of­fi­cial af­ter he out­laws lunch plan for 8,500 pupils

The can­di­dates would have been pro­vided with free food dur­ing the three-day exam pe­riod. Foun­da­tion has been do­ing this for eight years

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Coast - CALVIN ONSARIGO @kalvo­honsa

Coast re­gional co­or­di­na­tor Nel­son Marwa yes­ter­day stopped a Sh6 mil­lion school-feed­ing pro­gramme for KCPE exam can­di­dates in Mom­basa to de­ter cheat­ing.

The county gov­ern­ment had planned to pro­vide lunch to 8,500 can­di­dates. The di­rec­tive also ap­plies to the Shar­rif Nas­sir Foun­da­tion, which has pro­vided lunch to exam can­di­dates for eight years. It had set aside Sh3.2 mil­lion to feed 3,700 KCPE can­di­dates in 70 pri­vate and pub­lic schools in Mvita.

“This is to in­form you that no food from any well-wish­ers is re­quired in schools. Schools are ex­pected to or­gan­ise their own food. Please in­form our col­leagues. The above are in­struc­tions from the county com­mis­sioner. Non­com­pli­ance may lead to dire con­se­quences, in­clud­ing ar­rest,” read a state­ment from ed­u­ca­tion sub­county ad­min­is­tra­tors to a teach­ers’ What­sApp fo­rum.

Ed­u­ca­tion ex­ec­u­tive Tendai Lewa dis­missed claims that the de­ci­sion was meant to curb cheat­ing. “How does feed­ing chil­dren pro­mote cheat­ing in ex­ams? If any­thing, the level of con­cen­tra­tion in­creases,” he said.

The Ed­u­ca­tion min­istry has put in place mea­sures to re­store the cred­i­bil­ity of na­tional ex­ams, fol­low­ing ram­pant cheat­ing or­ches­trated by teach­ers, po­lice and ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cials.

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