Baringo County Commissioner (CC), Abdirisack Jaldesa, has assured candidates in volatile areas of the county that they will sit for upcoming national examinations without any hitches.
Jaldesa stated that his office in collaboration with the Ministry of Education has put in place elaborate measures that will facilitate a good environment for candidates sitting for both Kenya Certificate of Secondary and Primary Education (KCSE) and (KCPE) examinations, expected to commence next Monday.
Speaking to KNA in his office in Kabarnet town, the County Commissioner said that the affected examination centers were mapped and candidates moved to neighbouring schools where they will get adequate security, food as well as boarding facilities during the entire period.
“We have reinforced security in our schools, including Chebilat, Chemuyek, Katuwit primary schools in Tiaty East and in Baringo North Sub-County. We have moved candidates from Kapturo and Chepkesin primary schools to Toporoi Primary School which shall accommodate the extra candidates,” he said.
The County Commissioner added that candidates of three schools in Marigat Sub-County namely Kapkechir, which has 34 candidates were moved to Karne Primary, while in Kasiela Primary which has 14 candidates moved to the neighbouring Sinoni as Kapindasum having 30 candidates will sit for their examination at Chemrongion Primary.
He noted that although it is a temporary measure, he expects warring communities to embrace harmonious living for the good of all residents from the region.
“I am urging village elders from both communities to team-up with respective leaders and residents so that they can dialogue for peace to prevail,” Jaldesa said.
He challenged parents from the affected areas to take advantage of free education being rolled out by the National Government, adding that it was one of the surest ways of changing the mindset of young children and teenagers to forgo harmful retrogressive practices that cannot benefit them in their future lives.
By Elizabeth Momanyi and Christopher Kiprop