3 April 2008

Kenya: Candidates in Camps Might Not Sit Exams

Nairobi — Some of the candidates set to sit this year's national examinations but were displaced following the post election violence may not meet the registration dateline.

The number of displaced candidates to sit for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examination is 460 while those intending to sit for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Examinations is 258 at Nakuru Showground. The deadline of registration is next week, but not all can afford registration fees.

St. Francis Children's Village of Meru, in conjunction with the Italian humanitarian organisation, Friends of Sts Francis (Amici de Francesso) donated Sh170,000 for examination registration fees of the displaced children.

Some Sh818,000 is needed to register internally displaced children in Nakuru who are sitting the Kenya Certificate of Secondary School Examinations and Kenya Certificate of Primary Examinations at the end of the year.

Speaking while receiving a donation from a Meru based Catholic Church at the Rift Valley Provincial education offices, the coordinator of the Nakuru Showground camp Solomon Wanguru said education was a great challenge for the displaced.

He said about 120 KCPE candidates who had been placed in different schools within the town were yet to register.

Dr Wanguru said each of the children sitting primary school examinations needed Sh300 to register, while those in secondary needed at least Sh3,000 although the fee varied depending on the subjects.

"Some parents can't afford uniform and the Sh300 is a burden for most. We therefore appeal to well-wishers, NGOs and other organisations to help," said Dr. Wanguru.

Giving the donation, Ms. Regina Wairimu Gitonga of St. Francis Children's Village said her church would continue with funds drives to help the children.

Provincial deputy director of Education Mohammed Shaaban said the Government would waive all the penalties for displaced children who were yet to register. Normally, those who do not beat the deadline are charged an extra fee as penalty for lateness.

Mr Shaaban said the children were free to register until May 31 which was the final closing day for registration.

Elsewhere, women representatives from warring communities in the volatile Borabu-Sotik border on Wednesday resolved to shun propaganda and negative ethnicity that has undermined development and peaceful co-existence.

During a peace accord, the Abagusii and Kalenjin women reaffirmed their commitment to good neighbourliness.

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