Deputy President William Ruto has assured parents and students that this year’s national examinations will be credible.
The Deputy President said the Government has put in place robust measures to ensure every student sitting their final examinations are graded fairly based on their academic capabilities.
Mr Ruto said: “I want to confirm arrangements have been made to make sure that our children participate in national examinations devoid of cheating.”
Speaking in Kapyemit primary school, Turbo constituency during and inter-religious service, the Deputy President said the Government had paid examination fees for the over 1.5 million students.
He said: “We do not want a situation where a student in class eight or form four cannot sit for their final examination because of lack of examination fees.”
Mr Ruto was accompanied by MPs Moses Kuria (Gatundu South), Elisha Busienei (Turbo), Njogu Barua (Gichugu) and James Bett (Kesses).
The Deputy President said the Government has also put in place solid measures to level the playing grounds for all students across the country citing the school electrification programme and the digital literacy programme.
He said: “Every student in class one will receive their digital literacy gadget by January next year.”
At the same time, the Deputy President called on the opposition to stop politicizing the war on corruption maintaining due process must be followed.
Mr Ruto said the opposition is using corruption to set a campaigning platform because they have no agenda for the country.
He said: “If we want to win the war on corruption let us fight corruption based on truth and facts and not political sideshows.”
The Deputy President said the opposition has been targeting Jubilee flagship projects with unsubstantiated corruption allegation citing the Standard Guage Railway, the digital literacy program, the Erurobond and now the free maternity program.
Mr Ruto’s sentiments were echoed by Mr Barua who said the “noise” about the ministry of health is a political attack aimed at tarnishing President Uhuru Kenyatta’s reputation.
Mr Kuria said the Jubilee administration has an outstanding development track record the opposition cannot compete with and have resolved to use of personalized attacks.
He said: “If the competition is development we will win but if the competition is political gimmicks they will win.”
Mr Busienei lauded the free maternity program since it had benefitted many Kenyans.
He said the Jubilee administration cares for the welfare of ordinary citizens.