The Kenya Rural Roads Authority (KeRRA) will improve all impassable roads in Narok County in a bid to facilitate smooth transportation of National examinations to all schools in the county.
Speaking during a County Service Delivery Meeting held at the County Commissioner’s Conference Hall, Engineer Charles Kwena of KeRRA said they are in the process of awarding contracts to qualified contractors to renovate all the impassable roads in the county in a period of one week.
“We have identified the impassable roads that need quick intervention during this rainy season. All the impassable roads will be repaired in the course of one week to facilitate smooth transportation of the exams,” Engineer Kwena told the meeting.
The meeting was attended by all National Government Heads of Departments and chaired by Narok County Commissioner Isaac Masinde.
At the same time, the meeting was informed that about 36, 782 pupils in grade six, 33, 980 in class eight and 12, 444 students in secondary school will be sitting for this year’s National examinations in Narok County.
Narok Education Officer Antony Makori observed that the number of boys sitting for the three level examinations is higher than that of girls, attributing this to teenage pregnancies and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) that force girls to drop out of school.
He said the number of boys sitting for the Kenya Primary School Education Assessment- Grade six is 18, 954 while that of girls is 17, 828. The boys sitting for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exam are 17, 284 while girls are 16, 700.
In the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exam, 6,353 boys and 6,054 girls are sitting for the exam in the county.
The education officer said his office is ready to handle any case of candidates going into labour pains while doing the national examinations asking all candidates who have registered for the exams to ensure they sit for the papers regardless of their condition.
“We do not want anyone to miss the exams irrespective of their situation. We have a database of the pregnant candidates and we will be closely monitoring them during the exam period,” he said.
Commissioner Masinde reiterated that everything was set for the National examinations and requested all heads of department to hand over their vehicles to the Deputy County Commissioners to be used during the exam period.
He said the exams will be closely monitored and any candidate who will be found trying to cheat in the exams will be disciplined accordingly.
By Ann Salaton