By Korir Juma,Nairobi,Nov 21st ,2016-The ongoing Form Four exams on Monday delayed for hours in Ndia, Kirinyaga County, after keys of the container where test papers had been kept went missing.
Key loss delayed exams in Ndia.
Candidates from schools in the zone were supposed to start writing for their tests at 8am but were kept waiting for three hours.
They were supposed top sit for Agriculture Paper 2, Agriculture Large Print Paper 2 and Agriculture Braille Paper 2, according to Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) timetable.
County education officials learnt the keys were missing in the morning hours and rushed to Baricho, the Kirinyaga West Sub-County administration headquarters.
They looked for the keys everywhere in vain before calling Knec headquarters in Nairobi for direction.
It was then that the Knec officials brought the duplicate keys and opened the container.
Kirinyaga County Quality Assurance and Standards officer Maina Ngunjiri confirmed that the keys had been misplaced.
“Keys of the container could not be traced and we had to inform Knec which responded very fast. The Knec has also replaced the container’s lock with a new one to ensure there will be no leakage of the examination,” he said.
He said although there was delay, the candidates sat for their examinations without further hitches.
“After the container was opened, the papers were ferried to various centres and examination went on smoothly,” he said, adding that there was “no cause for alarm”.
Earlier, the Kirinyaga West Deputy County Commissioner Samuel Mwati had given a different account of the mishap.
He said the delay was caused when the lock jammed as the container was being opened to remove the test papers for distribution.
“The lock jammed, leading to the delay to transport papers to various examination centres,” he said
“There was panic among the candidates and the examination supervisors after the keys got lost in mysterious circumstances,” the sources said.