Police arrest the principal of a high school in Wajir for allegedly raping 18-year-old candidate.
At the same time, education officials have raised concerns over children’s involvement in crime after two sat their examinations behind bars.
In Mumias West, 50-year-old Musa Wanalo was among 27 private candidates who sat the examinations at Muslims Primary School centre.
Tragedy hit the beginning of Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examinations on Monday as a boy died and a girl was reportedly raped by her school’s principal.
Keith Mong’are, 17, a candidate at Gesiaga Secondary in Nyamira collapsed in the examination hall moments after sitting the Mathematics paper in the morning and later died in hospital. His father Joshua Ongaga said he suffered a heart-related ailment.
In Wajir, Habaswein Mixed Secondary School principal Idle Abdi was arrested on the eve of the examinations after a medical report of the victim, 18, showed she was raped.
The girl said Mr Abdi had given her a lift while she was going to visit her mother. She said she lost consciousness while in the car only to find herself later dumped next to an abandoned borehole. Special arrangement was made for the girl to sit the examination in another school.
Drama ensued at the Wajir Law Courts where the teacher was arraigned yesterday as his supporters attempted to prevent journalists from taking his photos. He was freed on bond pending the mention of the case on November 27.
Elsewhere, scores of students gave birth during the examinations while others sat the tests in hospitals and prisons.
Two candidates sat their examinations at the Baringo County Referral Hospital in Kabarnet after giving birth hours before the test. The two who delivered before the start of the examinations were from Kaptimbor and Timboiywo day secondary schools.
Two other candidates did their examinations from Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital after experiencing labour pains on Sunday. Dr Enock Ondari, the hospital’s chief executive officer, said one of the students was referred from a local dispensary and later delivered a premature baby. "The baby is responding well, but we have put him in an incubator while the mother is in good condition,” said Dr Ondari, adding that the other candidate had a normal delivery and was ready for discharge.
Another candidate from a school in Imenti north, Meru County, was doing the examinations from a maternity ward in Chuka County Referral Hospital.
Another candidate from Mwaragania Secondary School sat the examinations from Kuresoi dispensary after she gave birth on Monday morning as was her colleague, 17, from Sokoro Girls Secondary School in Elburgon.
One candidate, 20, from Koige Secondary School in Kuresoi North missed the examinations after she got married, according to area Deputy County Commissioner Felix Wafula. In Narok, at least 26 candidates missed the examinations due to early pregnancies and others were married off. Two others delivered before the examinations and were sitting the papers yesterday at Ololung’a hospital.