Mombasa, KENYA: Class eight candidates of Shiners Academy in Mombasa may not sit for this year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examinations, this is after they were allegedly not registered for the exams.
Ten class eight candidates were to sit for this year’s exam at the school, but apparently they were not registered for the exams; as the director and the principal allegedly escaped with the registration fees they had paid.
Likoni Police boss Willy Simba confirmed to Baraka FM on Thursday that the candidates will not sit for this year’s examination and that the matter is now with the CID department.
“We are doing everything we can, we are now on a manhunt for the school director and principal who have since gone underground after the news broke.” Said Mr Simba.
According to the parents, they paid sh. 3,000 each for their children, only to learn that their children were not registered as candidates for KCPE.
Baraka FM visited the school and learned that the director and principal had not been seen in school and that the situation at the school is worse; as class 4,5,6 and 7 pupils were all learning in the same room.
According to Koki Orimba, one of the parents whose pupil was supposed to sit for the final exams, he only learnt yesterday that her child had no index number and that’s when he started to follow up.
Orimba added that he came to school to inquire and he was told by the school director that the pupils were to do their exams at Seaside Academy, a neighboring school, as they were combined.
“When I learnt things were falling apart I mobilized other parents and we wrote a letter to the Ministry of Education and copied it to the school management. After that, we went to Likoni police station where we recorded a statement with police,” said Mr. Orimba.
Mr Orimba said they were summoned to Likoni police station with the school director identified as Mary Aloyo and she was asked if the parents paid her school registration fees, to which she agreed.
“She was asked if we paid her the registration fee,she agreed and when she was asked if she gave out the receipt she said she normally doesn’t issue receipts, we were told to leave and she remained in police for a while,” added a tearfull Orimba.