Fifteen schools in Bungoma County have failed to pick exams from the exam centres as two national exams began.
The Kenya Certificate of Primary Education and Kenya Primary School Examination Assessment (KPSEA) for Grade Six examinations began on Monday across the country.
Addressing the press at Bungoma DEB primary school on Monday, Bungoma South DCC Duncan Okwach said the exams in Bungoma County have started on a high note despite the 15 schools failing to show up to pick exams.“I am happy that the exams have started on a high note. We have not experienced any challenges, the police officers are on the watch out to ensure that all the exam guidelines are adhered to,” Okwach said.
Okwach lauded secondary school heads for cooperating well with primary schools and availing their school buses to help in the transportation of exams to schools.
“Mt. Elgon is the region that might face a challenge during transportation of exams because of its terrain,” he noted, adding that the region was receiving heavy rains.Okwach is also acting as the Bungoma County commissioner because the county doesn’t have a County commissioner.
He noted that Bungoma has 1,007 KEPSEA exam centres and 951 KCPE centres.
Okwach said that of the 15 schools that failed to pick exams most of them are private schools, adding that some of them were closed by the ministry of education for not complying with the ministry’s requirement.
On his part, Bungoma County director of education Philip Chirchir said that he is still doing follow up to identify what happened with schools.“The exams are still held in our stores as I investigate what happened with these schools, nobody will temper with the exams,” he said.
Present during the examination distribution was the Bungoma County TSC director.
Okwach called on all stakeholders to be vigilant and play their roles during the exams.