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KCSE candidate hospitalised following spinal injury

A female candidate from Muhoroni Sub County will write the ongoing Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations in hospital after falling sick a few hours to the commencement of day-three test papers.

Marion Achieng from Achego Girls Secondary was rushed to Nyangoma Sub County hospital on Tuesday morning after complaining of spinal cord pain.

Kisumu County Police Commander Samuel Anampiu confirmed the incident and said that arrangements have been done to enable the patient to continue with her exams while at the hospital.

“A security officer and an invigilator have already been deployed at the hospital where the candidate is admitted to aid in administering the exams,” said Anampiu.

At the onset of the Kenya Certificate for Primary Education (KCPE), two candidates from St. Paul Kanyakwar in Kisumu County were involved in a motorbike accident forcing one of the victims to sit the exams at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Referral Hospital.

Cases of girls sitting KCSE exams in hospital beds after giving birth have not been witnessed in Kisumu. However, a school principal is being investigated for allegedly blocking a candidate from sitting the tests, citing mental health.

According to Kisumu County Commissioner Josephine Ouko, the Principal of St Barnabas Girls, Benter Ayacko claimed that the student had attempted to commit suicide prompting the school authorities to block her from participating in the KCSE rehearsals on Thursday.

The candidate was eventually readmitted to school and is continuing with her exams.

By Robert Ojwang’

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