School Safer For Children, CAS Ruto Says
According to Dr. Sarah Ruto, Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) in the Ministry of Education, the short period of school closure has contributed to a drop in teenage pregnancies in Kenya.
The CAS told reporters in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet County, that the number of teen pregnancies recorded during this year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) is relatively lower.
She stated that the figures are due to the short school closures caused by the Covid-19 disruption of learning activities in all learning institutions.
Ruto went on to say that society needs to do more to make the community a safer place for children, both boys and girls.
The CAS stated that there is a need for a collaborative effort with members of society to ensure that children are protected at all costs in order to reduce the issue of teen pregnancies and ensure that they complete their education.
Elgeyo Marakwet County has eight children undergoing examinations in hospitals throughout the county due to teenage pregnancies and other illnesses.
The CAS spoke during the monitoring and distribution of KCPE examinations at Iten, where she stated that the exams have been running smoothly throughout the country, with zero cases reported as the exams enter day two.
She stated that there have been improvements in the way national examinations are administered, making the process more smooth and efficient.
KCPE Student Sit Exams In Maternity Ward.
After delivering an underweight child last week, a 16-year-old girl is writing her Kenya Certificate of Primary Examinations (KCPE), which began Monday in the maternity ward at Nandi Hills Sub County Hospital.
The young mother, who gave birth at 28 weeks, was unable to be discharged because the infant was placed in an incubator and is being monitored by health officials.
School Safer For Children, CAS Ruto Says As KCPE Students Sit Exams In Maternity Wards.
Bernard Manyasi, Sub County Director of Education, stated that arrangements have been made to ensure that examination papers are delivered to the candidate.
Speaking at the hospital, Medical Superintendent Dr. Joseph Kangor confirmed that the girl is in a stable condition and is tackling her exams, adding that they have provided everything needed to ensure she is able to complete them as planned.
At the same time, Nandi County Commissioner Herman Shambi has asked politicians not to play loud music near schools, claiming that it interferes with candidates’ concentration, and has asked police officers to remain vigilant and report any kind of disruption from various aspirants.
Hellen Nyang’au, the Director of Education (CDE) in Vihiga County, has urged headteachers to create a conducive environment for candidates to perform well.
She stated that in the county, a total of 19,857 candidates will take the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE).
More than 30,000 candidates will sit for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) in Siaya County, with the area County Commissioner, Mohammed Barre, assuring both candidates and examination officials of the highest level of security.
Speaking at Siaya County headquarters this morning during the distribution of examination papers, Barre, who was accompanied by the County Director of Education, Nelson Sifuna, and Deputy County Commissioner Enock Nyarango, urged education officials to be diligent, adding that malpractices will not be tolerated.
Candidates Sit Their KCPE Exams In Hospital
School Safer For Children – CAS Ruto