Ex­ams can­celled af­ter politi­cian puts face on papers

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NAIROBI — Mock pri­mary school ex­ams in part of western Kenya were can­celled on Wed­nes­day af­ter a lo­cal politi­cian had his face printed on the pub­liclyfunded ex­am­i­na­tion papers.

Cor­nel Rasanga’s smil­ing, avun­cu­lar like­ness was printed in the top right cor­ner of mock exam papers dis­trib­uted at re­gional pri­mary schools this week.

On Wed­nes­day lo­cal me­dia re­ported Kenya’s ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter had can­celled the mock ex­ams and said of­fi­cials in­volved would be pun­ished.

The 59-year-old op­po­si­tion gover­nor of Si­aya County on the shores of Lake Vic­to­ria was crit­i­cised for re­port­edly spend­ing $17 000 of county funds in an ap­par­ent at­tempt to win the early sup­port of fu­ture vot­ers.

How­ever, lo­cal ed­u­ca­tion chief Pamela Akello de­fended her boss say­ing it is im­por­tant that school chil­dren know who their gover­nor is and that since the county spon­sored the mock ex­ams it was fit­ting that Rasanga’s face should ap­pear on the papers.

“The move to place the gover­nor’s por­trait on the ex­am­i­na­tion papers is just,” Akello told the Daily Na­tion news­pa­per, adding chil­dren should “know their gover­nor and have a closer re­la­tion with him.”

Rasanga has so far stayed quiet on the con­tro­versy. — AP

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