Kwale, KENYA: The final paper of the Kenya certificate of primary education KCPE was on Thursday delayed in 26 schools in kwale county, due to heavy rains that have rendered some roads impassable.
By 11am the Social Studies paper had not reached the schools since roads were rendered impassable due to floods experienced in the area.
Twenty-two of the affected schools are in Kinango Sub-county, which is the hardest hit while the rest are in Matuga.
Others where the exam started late include Ramisi and Funzi Primary Schools in Msambweni.
Acting County Commissioner Mr. Mwangi Kahiro said they had contacted the Kenya National Examinations Council to provide a helicopter to facilitate the distribution of the exam.
“We are in touch with KNEC with a view to sending a chopper to drop the exam in the affected schools,” he said.
Mr. Kahiro said candidates at Mkongani Primary School were unable to access their school due to the flooding.
He said many rivers had flooded following heavy rains that are still pounding the region since Tuesday.
Weather related power interruptions have also hit the county, due to the rains paralyzing some businesses and services.
County Director of Meteorological Services, Mr. Dominic Mbindyo cautioned people living in low-lying areas to be wary of flooding.
He said Ujamaa, Diani, Vanga, Vumbu, Ng’ombeni and are some of the flood-prone areas owing to their topography and people should take precautions to avert calamities.
By this morning Matuga and Kinango had recorded the highest amount of rainfall.