In Summary
  • The exam was delayed for about 20 minutes as the over 100 candidates were transferred to the neighbouring school.
  • Pupils who attempted to seek safety in other classrooms are reported to be the ones who were stung the most.
  • Lamu County Commissioner Irungu Macharia confirmed the incident but said it was only one candidate who suffered serious injuries.

Several candidates sitting the ongoing Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exams and their invigilators were injured after a swarm of bees invaded Mahmoud Bin Fadhil Boys Primary School in Lamu on Wednesday afternoon.

The incident occurred at around 2.15pm, some minutes after the candidates started their Kiswahili Insha paper.

Over 50 candidates were injured, five seriously.

The injured candidates were rushed to the King Fahad County Hospital for treatment.

EXAM DELAYED

The exam had to be delayed for about 20 minutes as the over 100 candidates were transferred to the neighbouring Lamu Mahmoud Bin Fadhil Girls Primary School where they continued with the test.

One of the invigilators who was interviewed by the Nation and who declined to be named, said they had to run to safety following the attack.

“We have around 102 KCPE candidates here at Lamu's Mahmoud Bin Fadhil Boys Primary School plus another 12 private candidates. They had just began their Insha exam which normally takes 40 minutes. They were about halfway when a swarm of bees emerged from nowhere and started attacking them,” said the official.

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