As Kenya Certificate of Primary Education kicked off on Tuesday, there was anxiety at ILiyya Primary school in Chepkitale- Mt. Elgon sub county Bungoma County where one candidate did not turn up for the examinations.
According to the Centre Manager, Geoffrey Kinga the girl who is 13 years old had not shown up for learning for the whole of third term.
Kinga added that he had reported the matter to the authorities, including the area chief but the candidate had not been found.
He noted that efforts to find information about the whereabouts of the girl from the family have been futile since the time she went missing.
The Mt. Elgon Sub County Police Commander, Samuel Anampiu has confirmed that the police department had received the report on the morning of the examinations.
The centre manager confirmed that the candidate’s answer sheets for the day’s examinations were returned blank together with other candidate’s sheets.
The Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs Cabinet Secretary (CS), Prof. Margaret Kobia has advised KCPE candidates sitting for their national exams that they should not be anxious when taking their tests.
She told the candidates that they will all proceed to secondary school as the government is keen on ensuring 100 per cent transition.
“Exam is not the end of the world. The grade that you get is the grade that will take you to wherever you want to be,” Prof. Kobia told the candidates. She went on, “Your destiny is in your own hands. Don’t be anxious. Answer the exam the way it comes.”
Speaking in Chuka, the CS Further reiterated the government’s devotion to ensuring that KCSE and KCPE examinations advances without any irregularities.
The Kiambu County Commissioner(CC), Wilson Wanyanga has warned emerging illegal groups infiltrating schools under the pretext of rite of passage that they will be dealt with accordingly.
While supervising the opening of the container containing examination papers for this year’s Kenya certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) at his official compound, Wanyanga reiterated that the Government would not take lightly anybody found interfering with the free flow of KCPE at any cost.
The administrator was addressing the head teachers, examination officials and a team of security officers who were scheduled to man the examinations which kicked off Tuesday countrywide.
He cautioned the team to be vigilant and squarely observe the pupils during this period so that nobody interferes with them in the name of culture.
Wanyanga said there was time for everything including cultural events which the pupils will have at least three months to attend to and they should therefore not allow anyone to mislead them as they should aim at excelling in the examination so as to transit to the next level.
By KNA Team