The government has distributed relief food to all primary schools in Tana River to support candidates sitting for the national examination amid the ravaging drought.
A total of 5, 629 primary school candidates drawn from 168 schools have started their examination in 122 centers.
Students from far-flung areas have been integrated into other primary schools. Tana River Sub-county DCC Evans Wendott said six primary schools: Rafiki, Wayu, Wayu Boro, Wenje, Waldena, and Majengo would host students from the other schools.
Wendott said the government would ensure the students are secured to do their examination in conducive environments. The sub-county received 500 bags of rice and 400 bags of beans as relief food.
Tana River Technical and Vocational Education and Training College and 350 people living with HIV who were taking their drugs at the Hola referral hospital will also benefit from the food.
President Uhuru Kenyatta last month flagged off the distribution of relief food to 23 arid and semi-arid counties affected by drought.
The Head of State revealed that through the Kenya Defense Forces, they would expand the programme of construction of water pans and boreholes to cover Tana River, Meru, parts of Machakos, and Kitui counties.
By Sadik Hassan