At least 248 candidates in Narok County will sit for their class eight and grade six exams while pregnant. They are among 60,000 candidates who are sitting for their primary exams in the county.
Of these, 140 are sitting for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) while 108 for Kenya Primary School Education Assessment, KEPSA.
Confirming this Narok county commissioner Isaac Masinde said the candidates will be provided with a conducive environment to do their exams.
‘We have 248 pregnant candidates, and we have arranged for a conducive environment for them,’ he said
He said ambulances have been placed strategically within the county to attend to candidates who might go into labour during exams.
“We have ambulances on standby in case any of the students go into labour. We have also alerted the centre managers and supervisors to act swiftly in case of any emergency,” Mr Masinde said.
He was addressing journalists after the distribution of examination materials outside his offices.
Narok County has been leading in the number of school girls who fall pregnant according to the ministry of education.
According to the ministry of education, 741 girls in primary and secondary schools in the county were confirmed pregnant.
Of these, 332 of the pregnant girls are in primary school, while 409 are in secondary school. Of the 741 pregnancies, 140 are KCPE candidates and 108 KCSE ones.
In terms of sub counties, Narok South sub-county leads with 149, followed by Narok Central with 140 in the numbers of pregnancies.
Others are Narok West (124), Transmara West (81), Narok East (66), Transmara South (67), Narok North (60) and Transmara East (54).
36,782 pupils in Grade Six, 33,980 in Standard Eight and 12,444 in secondary school will sit for this year’s national examinations in Narok County this year.