KeRRA To Repair Impassable Roads Ahead of National Examinations
In an effort to simplify the shipping of National examinations to all schools in Narok County, the Kenya Rural Roads Authority (KeRRA) will fix all impassable roads there.
Engineer Charles Kwena of KeRRA stated during a County Service Delivery Meeting held in the County Commissioner’s Conference Room that they are in the process of awarding contracts to competent contractors to renovate all impassable roads in the county within one week.
“We have identified the impassable roads that need quick intervention during this rainy season. All the impassable roads will be repaired in the course of one week to facilitate smooth transportation of the exams,” Engineer Kwena told the meeting.
All National Government Department Heads attended the meeting, which Narok County Commissioner Isaac Masinde led.
The gathering was also informed that about 36,782 sixth graders, 33,980 eighth graders, and 12,444 secondary school students will participate in this year’s National Examinations in Narok County.
Education Officer of Narok, Antony Makori, has noted that more males than girls sit for the three-level examinations.
He attributes this disparity to teenage pregnancies and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), which cause girls to drop out of school.
According to him, there are 18,954 boys taking the Kenya Primary School Education Assessment for Grade 6, while there are 17,828 girls.
The number of boys taking the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination is 17,284, while the number of girls is 16,700.
The Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exam is taken by 6,353 boys and 6,054 girls in the county.
The education officer stated that his office is prepared to manage any cases of applicants experiencing labour pains during national examinations.
He urged all candidates who have enrolled for the examinations to guarantee that they take the tests regardless of their condition.
“We do not want anyone to miss the exams irrespective of their situation. We have a database of the pregnant candidates and we will be closely monitoring them during the exam period,” he said.
Commissioner Masinde reaffirmed that all arrangements had been made for the National Examinations and urged that all department heads give their vehicles to the Deputy County Commissioners for use during the examination period.
He stated that the tests will be strictly monitored, and any candidate caught attempting to cheat will be punished accordingly.