MPs among can­di­dates sit­ting KCSE exam in the North Rift

We reg­is­tered 25 can­di­dates un­der the adult ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme and we also have lead­ers, in­clud­ing sit­ting MPs, who are tak­ing the KCSE exam, says school direc­tor

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics General - MATHEWS NDANYI @ndany­i_­math­ews

Four MPs are among can­di­dates sit­ting the KCSE exam in the North Rift.

The MPs are sit­ting the exam in schools within Uasin Gishu and Baringo coun­ties, which are reg­is­tered as pri­vate exam cen­tres.

Direc­tor of the Aca­cia Adult Ed­u­ca­tion School Ben­jamin Che­boi yes­ter­day de­clined, how­ever, to re­veal their iden­ti­ties.

But the Star has es­tab­lished two of the MPs are from Baringo county, one from Uasin Gishu and an­other from Bun­goma county.

Che­boi did not ex­plain if the MPs are sit­ting the exam for the first time or are re­sit­ting it.

“We reg­is­tered a to­tal of 25 can­di­dates un­der the adult ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme and we also have lead­ers, in­clud­ing sit­ting MPs, who are tak­ing the KCSE exam,” he said.

Che­boi said the MPs re­quested to pri­vately sit the exam. He said those from Baringo county had been al­lowed to sit in Uasin Gishu, while the other two were moved to Baringo for pur­poses of pri­vacy and to avoid in­ter­fer­ence.

“The pri­vate cen­tres are away from other sec­ondary schools, where other KCSE can­di­dates are tak­ing the exam,” Che­boi said. He said he can­not re­veal their names, as this would amount to ex­pos­ing them ow­ing to their sta­tus.

“May be you can find out on your own. Even­tu­ally they will be known at the time the re­sults are re­leased,” Che­boi said.

The in­sti­tu­tion also reg­is­tered a 47-year-old mother, who is sit­ting the exam at the pri­vate cen­tre in El­doret town.

Mean­while, 20 sec­ondary schools in the Ke­rio Val­ley have been placed un­der tight se­cu­rity to al­low can­di­dates sit the exam.

The re­gion has been plagued with ban­ditry at­tacks in the last one month.

Ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cials said no hitch was re­ported in all the cen­tres.

MCAs, led by Thomas Ki­gen of Kap­tarakwa, said the govern­ment should im­ple­ment mea­sures to re­store se­cu­rity. At the El­doret Prison one in­mate reg­is­tered for the exam.

More than 500 peo­ple have fled their homes along the bor­der be­tween Marak­wet East and Ti­aty con­stituen­cies. Seven­teen have been killed in the vi­o­lence be­tween the Pokot and the Marak­wet.

The op­po­si­tion has ac­cused the govern­ment of let­ting the chaos es­ca­late “to lev­els where schools are closed, chil­dren or­phaned, and the el­derly forced to flee their homes”.

/ELKANA JA­COB

KCSE can­di­dates be­fore sit­ting math­e­mat­ics exam at Aga Khan Sec­ondary School, Mom­basa, yes­ter­day

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