The ongoing 2016 KCSE exams began on Tuesday with over 577,000 candidates sitting for their high school exit exams in 9,158 centers across Kenya.
Among the over 577,000 candidates seating for this year’s exams are four Members of Parliament.
The Director of Acacia Adult Education School, Benjamin Cheboi revealed the information, saying that the MPs were registered at centers in Uasin Gishu and Baringo counties. He, however, declined to reveal the identities of the lawmakers.
”We registered a total of 25 candidates under the adult education programme and we also have leaders, including sitting MPs, who are taking the KCSE exams.”
Rumors suggest that two are from Baringo county, one from Bungoma while the other is from Uasin Gishu county.
It is also not clear if the MPs are taking the examinations for the first time or are re-sitting. If for the first time, it would mean that they were in office illegally because it is a requirement that one must hold a form four certificate to serve as a representative.
The only sad news during this examination is that a candidate collapsed and died due to hypertension at Jomo Kenyatta Boys High School in Nakuru.
School Principal John Mureithi confirmed the reports, saying the student had a history of high blood pressure. He fell ill on Monday morning and was taken to Bahati Sub-County Hospital where he collapsed and died upon arrival.
This KCSE examination looks to be the most transparent in recent time due to the preparation put into it by the government.
Education CS Fred Matiang’i has lauded the preparation and is exuding confidence that everything would go well.
”We have spent so much of our time and resources to ensure that nothing goes wrong. We have gone back and forth on our planning and trained most of our officers,” he said.
The CS reiterated his stand on examination malpractice, saying that ”we are not going to forgive some of those so-called mistakes.”
”Should there be any effort to cheat or any mistake, it will be met with the ruthlessness it requires,” Matiangi added.