This year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination has commenced with changes made to the way the exams are conducted.
The KCPE used to be taken after the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) but the reverse is the case now, which has forced a 13-year-old girl to write her exams in the maternity wing of a hospital.
The Narok schoolgirl gave birth a few hours to the start of her maths paper and was made to write the test in the hospital following a successful delivery.
Narok North Sub-County Director of Education Kuyo Ole Sowaina confirmed the reports on Monday, saying invigilators and police officers were sent to the hospital to supervise her.
“She delivered at the hospital early in the morning and she was secluded to a private wing and she has managed to start her first paper.”
Another notable change to the KCPE exams is the appointment of headteachers and principals as managers of their centers. The change was made to help curtail examination malpractice by the school heads aiming to help their pupils.
As center managers, the school heads will be held liable for any cheating recorded. But even that hasn’t stopped malpractice from happening.
KCPE Exams Leak
In Nyali meanwhile, a primary school teacher was arrested and interrogated by CID detectives for leaking the KCPE exams to students of Mary Joy primary school.
An officer reportedly said:
”We are not sure if the whole exam was leaked to the pupils. But we will establish after thorough interrogations.”
Kisauni CID boss Stephen Wambua confirmed the arrest, noting that the suspect will be arraigned as soon as investigations are completed.