SOME 46 adult students in Narok North will sit Kenya Certificate of Primary Education scheduled to start today. They include eight inmates from Narok Prison.
District adult education officer George Njoroge said the number has increased from last year's. He added that the students, who will be sitting their exams at St Peters' Primary School, are well equipped and will excel in their exams.
Njoroge said the challenge facing adult education in the region is low class attendance. He said if this keeps up, it will impact negatively in Kenya's attainment of Vision 2030.
"Some of the adults, especially women, skip classes to go and do business at local trading centres while men usually shy from sharing classes with bright women," said Njoroge.
He appealed to non-governmental organisations to help enroll the Maasai community living in remote areas in adult classes. "Enlightened people can easily form groups that can be funded by the government and other donors to initiate income-generating projects that will alleviate poverty in this area," Njoroge said.
District education officer Kuyo ole Saionah said some 4,188 candidates will sit the exams in the district. "This is an increase of 12.7 per cent up from last year's 3,716. There is also increase of the examination centres to 162 from 155," he said.
Saionah added that the exercise faces infrastructural constraints especially in Olposimoru, Mau and Melili areas due to poorly maintained roads. The KCPE exams will run for three days.