Seventeen inmates sit for KCPE at King’ong’o Prison
12 November 2013, 17:11
Nyeri - Seventeen inmates are seating for the Kenya Certificate for Primary Education (KCPE) examination behind bars at King’ong’o GK prison.
According to a Nyeri County education officer, most of the candidates in the facility are held for petty criminal offences.
He said the inmates have been studying in a classroom within the facility and are well prepared for the examination which kicked off Tuesday morning with the mathematics paper.
No hitches were reported in the County but security was beefed up in all centers with armed policemen keeping vigil as fellow pupils were forced to stay away from the school to avoid distraction.
A spot check within Nyeri Central sub-County indicated that the examination began at the scheduled time after Monday’s rehearsal of the same.
In the County, there are 511 primary schools with more than 19,180 candidates having registered for the national examination, including 72 private candidates, according to data from the education office.
With regards to girl child education, the officer not allowed to address media, said girls’ schools are many compared to boys’ schools in the region.
He attributed the increase to discipline matters saying that it is easy to control and contain girls than boys.
“Girls’ boarding schools have at least five streams in the County while Boys’ schools have about two streams meaning that many girls are schooling than boys,” said the officer.
He further disclosed that the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) recently issued a circular to all candidates cautioning them against cheating in exams.
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