Oldest KCSE Candidate Sits Exam In Prison.
Grapton Olutwait, a life sentence inmate, is the oldest candidate taking the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE).
Despite his advanced age, the Naivasha Maximum Security Prison inmate is optimistic about achieving good grades.
“I have been in school for the last four years and taught by the best in the institution,” said the aged candidate.
Olutwait was sentenced to life in prison for a sexual offense six years ago.
He hoped to achieve good grades and attend a tertiary institution within the correctional facility.
Hassan Tari, the officer in charge of the heavily guarded prison, stated that at least seven candidates were aged 40 and up.
“It is a class of “seniors” but they have potential. They have been putting the best forward despite Covid-19 restrictions that curtailed class attendance at some point,” said Mr Tari.
He stated that a total of 16 inmates were taking the exam, and he praised the management of the school section for preparing the candidates.
“They have continuously been knocking at my door seeking assistance to sharpen the candidates. We expect overall good results,” added the Prison boss.
Gilbert Chirchir, 24, is the youngest and is serving a 10-year sentence.
Oldest KCSE Candidate Sits Exam In Prison