In Summary
  • About 70 pupils at Mumias Muslim Primary in Kakamega County and their parents were shocked to learn that they had been registered to sit the exams as private candidates in different centres.
  • In Kisumu, there was tension at St Anne Kajulu Primary after angry parents stormed the school protesting the transfer of their children to other examination centres.
  • More than 23 schools in West Pokot did not receive examination materials on time after River Kasei burst its banks and rendered some roads impassable.

Candidates' names missing from the register, exam delays in some counties, and eight births marked the first day of the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations Tuesday.

About 70 pupils at Mumias Muslim Primary in Kakamega County and their parents were shocked to learn that they had been registered to sit the examinations as private candidates in different centres.

The parents said their children have attended the school from pre-primary but were forced to sit the exam elsewhere “because it wants to boost its mean score”.

“The school registered 130 bona fide candidates. The remaining 70 were considered below average and registered as private candidates,” claimed Halima Burhan, a parent.

She said the headteacher, Mr Omar Maloba, did not consult them in the arrangement.

“I only realised on Sunday that my daughter was a private candidate when she refused to eat and spent the night crying. When I inquired what the problem was, she told me she had not been given her index number,” said Ms Burhan.

FORGIVENESS

She followed up with the headteacher, who pleaded for forgiveness. “He requested me not to take the matter seriously, promising to help me secure a good secondary school for my girl once the results are out,” said Ms Burhan.

When the Nation visited the school on Monday, Mr Maloba was away. When reached on phone, he said he had taken his daughter to hospital.

Mr Maloba directed journalists to Mumias West sub-county education officer, claiming some parents were using the media to frustrate him. “Their intention is to have me sacked,” he said. Sub-county education officer Francis Shikanda said he had launched investigations into the matter.

In Kisumu, there was tension at St Anne Kajulu Primary after angry parents stormed the school protesting the transfer of their children to other examination centres.

Twenty six candidates were shocked when they found out the administration was planning to take them to the distant Miwani Primary, where they were registered without their knowledge.

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