Mombasa, KENYA: Mombasa County government has said it will defy a ban imposed on supplying lunch to class 8 candidates sitting for their KCPE examination that kicked off on Teusday.
The county Education executive Tendai Lewa said they will find means of distributing the food to the candidates as they continue with their examinations.
Coast Regional Commissioner Nelson Marwa on Monday sent directive to all schools in Mombasa banning any politician to give food rations to candidates during the exam period.
Addressing journalists in Mombasa on Tuesday, Tendai Lewa said it was quite unfortunate that Marwa gave such orders; despite them having told parents that their kids would be fed during this period.
“Teachers have received messages form sub-county heads telling them at no cost should they receive food from the county government, this is a sad state as we had told the parents we will provide food for the children.” said Tendai.
According to Tendai, the county government is spending almost sh 6 Million on the program known as “The Governor’s lunch Program” that is aimed at feeding over 8,500 candidates in the county.
The program that was launched last year, provides lunch for the candidates during the three days; with the Menu consisting of Pilau, fruit and water then Biriani on the last day of examinations.
Tendai said they will have to devise ways to ensure the children get the food now that they are not allowed to take the food to the schools despite getting clearance from Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC).
“We can’t let all this go to waste; the food belongs to the children and so we are devising ways to ensure that this food reaches the children as it had already been budgeted.” Said Tendai.
Speaking to journalists at his office, Marwa said that he appreciates politicians efforts to provide food for the candidates but during this period they should keep off.
” You find these items having names and faces of the politicians,this people are interfering with the mindset of the candidates, we are urging everyone to respect the national examination during this period.” Said Marwa.
Over 900,000 candidates all over the country are sitting for this year’s KCPE exams which will end on Thursday 3rd November.