The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Police Deployed in Baringo As KCPE Begins

Security has been beefed up in Baringo, Turkana, Samburu and Pokot ahead of the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education exams that begin tomorrow.

Rift Valley police chief John Mmbijiwe said all schools in the area will be guarded to enable candidates sit for their exams peacefully.

Speaking to the Star on the phone yesterday, Mmbijiwe said the government has deployed an additional 400 security officers in the region.

More than 400 candidates displaced by cattle rustling in Marigat, Baringo, two months ago have been traced. Marigat DC Saul Muywaya said they have set-up and secured centres where the candidates will sit for the exams.

Muywaya said he has visited the affected area to assess the situation. "All schools and examination officials will be given adequate security during the exams period," Muyaywa said on the phone yesterday.

Police in the region have been provided with more vehicles for patrols in the affected areas. Two primary school pupils were last week shot dead and five people injured by cattle rustlers in Baringo.

The attack caused tensions and displaced many families. Baringo county education director Hellen Nyang'au said they are prepared for the exams in all schools in the region.

"The situation is much better and we are hoping the exams will go on without any challenges," said Nyang'au. Nang'au said the schools which were affected by the attack include Kapindasum, Kasiela, Chemungirion, Ngelecha and Arabal primary schools. About 800,000 candidates will sit for the exams in 22,783 schools countrywide.

The usual schedule for the exams, which which normally take place in November, was changed due to the teachers strike which disrupted learning for three weeks in September.

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