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A KCPE candidate has given birth while sitting her examinations

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A 15-year-old girl from Kericho County on Tuesday gave birth shortly before beginning her Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination and named her newborn baby after Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed.

Sarah Nekesa, a pupil at St. Patrick’s Primary school on the outskirts of Kericho town, will now sit her examination at Kericho Nursing Home where she was rushed after going into labour on Monday night.

Speaking to the press from her hospital bed, Nekesa exuded confidence that she will still perform well in the examination and proceed to secondary school.

She said she did not imagine that her due date would come so early since health personnel at her previous clinic had informed her that she was due on November 15.

Kericho sub-county Education Officer Moses Okeya said arrangements had been put in place to allow Nekesa complete her examination at the hospital without any hitches.

Candidate developed labour pains on Monday night.

Another candidate from Mikuva Village in Webuye East Constituency, Bungoma County also sat for her exams in hospital after going into labour a few minutes to kick off.

Naomi Khamala, 17, was rushed to Lugulu Mission Hospital on Tuesday morning by relatives after developing labour pains.

According to a medical officer at the hospital, Allan Manyonyi, the Mulachi Primary School candidate safely gave birth to a baby boy and both of them are currently in good condition.

He said the baby had been placed in a special room while the mother was provided with a room to sit her exams under the surveillance of a security officer and an invigilator.

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In Kwale County shortly after the KCPE exams kicked off, a candidate at Voroni Primary School in Kwale County gave birth to a baby boy.

The candidate is reported to have developed labour pains on the morning of Tuesday, October 30, and was taken to Kwale Hospital where she gave birth.

Standard media also reported a candidate at Misuuni Primary School in Kitui County gave birth to a baby girl as she sat for the English language paper at her school.

A total of 1,003,556 candidates will sit the KCPE exams while 615,773 will sit for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) which formally kick off November 5.

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