The death of a form four candidate at Nyabisase SDA School in Kisii County a few hours before the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examinations (KCSE) exams kicked off has left the school and neighbourhood in shock.
Mathius Ombiro passed on Sunday evening at a private hospital in Kisii in what his parents say could have been caused by a liver infection.
The parents said their son had complained of ill health for a few weeks before he underwent a scan at Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital.
They said the doctors had diagnosed liver infection and gave him medication before he was released back to school. His condition worsened further and was admitted at Christmarine Hospital where later passed on.
Nyamache Sub-county Education Director, Janet Onduso, confirmed that the candidate died in hospital while undergoing medication.
Elsewhere, Nyanza regional Commissioner, Moffat Kangi says elaborate measures have been put in place to ensure KCSE that kicked off this week are secure.
Kaingi, who Tuesday morning led senior education officials and security officers to witness the opening of the container of the National examination, said the Government will not allow any hitches to hamper the national exercise and that all the necessary resources have been deployed to ensure the integrity of the examinations.
The Regional Commissioner directed all public service involved in the dispatch, escort and opening of the examination papers before candidates to carry out the exercise with utmost integrity in accordance with the laid down regulations.
He warned that the Government machinery was keenly watching over the exercise and that all actors involved are duty bound to be present in their respective stations to stem any possibilities of leakage. The RC said the Nyanza region has a total candidature of 110,655 sitting the KCSE examinations.
Nyanza regional education coordinator Richard Chepkawai said the region has of 47 examinations containers, with a total candidature of 270,619 candidates set to sit both KCSE and Kenya Certificate of Primary Examination (KCPE) this year.
Meanwhile, residents of Kisumu County have been asked to desist from spreading propaganda that could cause examination jitters among candidates during the examination period.
Kisumu County Director of Education, Sabina Aroni, said that the county examination team is on the vigil and has put in place adequate measures to ascertain the integrity of the process and thwart attempts of examination malpractice.
Speaking to the press in her office Aroni noted that a lot of stakeholders from across the board had invested in the process leading to the examination kickoff thus nothing would be left to chance in ensuring the sanctity of the exercise.
Some 27, 454 KCSE candidates spread across 253 centers in Kisumu will be sitting for the national exams.
She said Kisumu County has registered a slight improvement in the number of both KCSE and KCPE candidates as compared to last year.