Two candidates sitting this year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination were arraigned before a Kabarnet court charged with examination cheating. Aged 15 and 14, the two boys were charged with impersonifi cation contrary to Section 31(2) of Kenya National Examination Council (Knec) Act of 2012. They were charged that on November 1, at Kimalel Day and Boarding Primary School, the first accused pretended to be a candidate of Index Number 33558110070 and sat for KCPE Science paper. He pleaded guilty before resident magistrate Nerolyne Idagwa, saying he wanted to do the examination paper for the second suspect, is a candidate at the school.
The second accused, who is a registered candidate at the school, was charged with allowing another person to sit a science paper on his behalf. He, however, denied the charges, saying that nobody wanted to sit the exam for him. Prosecution counsel requested for mental and age assessment of the twopupils before the case proceeds. Idagwa while making her submissions, summoned the parents of the accused to come to court and stand surety for their children. She also ordered the two to be remanded at Marigat police station until surety is processed.
The case will be mentioned on November 30. Elsewhere, a Standard Eight pupil at Siany Primary School in Migori County was forced to write her last paper at Rapcom Hospital in Awendo after she delivered a baby boy last night. The 16-year-old pupil was rushed to the hospital after developing labour pains on Wednesday after she finished writing her Kiswahili paper.
According to Awendo subcounty commissioner Alfett Hadulo Jillo, the pupil was taken to the hospital by teachers and examination invigilators after being overwhelmed by labour pains moments after completing the Kiswahili paper. And in Rachuonyo, this year’s KCPE exam ended on a tragic note when a female candidate at Onyando Primary School collapsed and died on Wednesday evening.
The candidate, who had been well, the whole day as she sat all her day’s papers, collapsed as she was taking a bath on the shores of Lake Victoria. The candidate had sat for the last two papers. Rachuonyo North sub-county Education officer Vincent Onyango said reports from the school showed the pupil had suffered a bout of malaria last week, but had been treated. He said the candidate, Effie Akinyi Owiyo, left home on Wednesday evening, to have a bath on the shores of lake Victoria where she collapsed and died at 7.30 pm.