The government has called for vigilance in school to avoid indiscipline amongst learners, this is after KCSE candidates from a girls’ boarding secondary school in Voi Sub-county were expelled to do examination as day scholars after they were caught housing a sex party over the weekend with boys from a nearby school secondary.
Speaking in Voi today where he witnessed the opening of the examination container by security and education officials in the region, Coast regional commissioner John Elungata called for vigilance in schools to curb immoral incidences.
He said girl candidates had to be suspended by the school board over gross indiscipline.
Sources within the education sector say before the suspension, the female students had accommodated boys from a neighboring school in their dormitory for a weekend.
When the incident was discovered, the board held an emergency meeting and suspended the culprits.
The RC said those candidates will have to sit the examination from out of school, insisting that the school rules were still in force for candidates.
He warned that any indiscipline cases would be dealt with firmly.
“The school board took stern action over the misconduct. The candidates will now have to sit the examination from outside,” he said.
He further directed schools to ensure strict separation of boys and girls to avoid indecent acts especially during this examination period.
Elungata also called for enhanced security in schools to ensure attempts of indiscipline amongst learners are contained.
The regional boss also directed Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) center managers to enhance vigilance during the administration of the national examinations to curb incidents of indiscipline amongst candidates.
He further noted that center managers and security officials are responsible for integrity of KCSE in their institutions and warned that any laxity might result in cases of malpractice.
The regional coordinator added that the administration of the examination in the Coast region has been smooth except for three incidents where candidates were nabbed with mobile phones. The cases were reported in Mombasa, Kilifi and Lamu counties.
He attributed these cases to lapses and laxity by center managers while frisking learners.
“The managers must make sure they are thorough in their frisking of the candidates to avoid mobile phones finding their way in classrooms,” said the RC.
Elungata was accompanied by Taita-Taveta County Commissioner Loyford Kibaara, County Director of Education Simon Wanjohi and senior police officers in the region.
The RC later went to commission a CBC classroom at Mwakitawa Secondary school. He disclosed that in the Coast region, the construction of 650 CBC classes for junior secondary in the region was at 70 percent.
The completion date for classes is by the end of April.
“We are currently at 70 percent. We are aiming to have completed the works by April,” he said.