A 15-year-old girl from Kericho County on Tuesday gave birth shortly before beginning her Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination and has 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.
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.
Naomi’s mother, Linet Khamala said she did not know her daughter was in labour and only thought she was suffering from malaria.
“I am happy for this blessing and am appealing to well wishers to assist me raise funds to take care of my grandson. I am only a farmer who does casual jobs on people’s farms,” she said.
A total of 45,905 students are expected to sit for this year’s KCPE exams in Bungoma County.