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KCSE candidate collapses, dies after completing Kiswahili paper

A Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) student collapsed and died moments after completing her Kiswahili paper examination at Njenga Karume Secondary School in Molo sub-county. 

The deceased identified as Mary Waithera, registered as a private student is said to have collapsed after completion of the said paper and was later rushed to the Molo sub-county hospital, but was unfortunately pronounced dead on arrival.

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Molo sub-county director of adult education, Joseph Njoroge confirmed the unfortunate news, stating that the student was one of 27 candidates sitting for the ongoing KCSE examination.

Njoroge eulogized the deceased who also worked at the Molo Sub-County Hospital as a casual labourer as hardworking and one who was determined in her academics irrespective of her age where she was in her mid-30s.

He said that the education officials responded to the distressing incident, visiting both the school and the hospital to investigate and follow up on the matter ensuring that the issue is handled amicably so as not to cause anxiety among other students who are currently going on with their national examinations.

The grief-stricken father of the deceased, John Ndung’u, expressed his disbelief about the tragedy saying he was yet to come to terms with this incident that has left a big gap in their home.

Sharing similar sentiments with Njoroge, he highlighted his daughter’s dedication and determination to pursue her goals, having been eager to complete her KCSE examination and go on with her studies further.

According to Kamau, there were no signs of illness, as they had joyfully conversed with her late daughter and other family members the night before. He acknowledged the situation as “God’s will”.

Waithera is survived by three children, including a one-month-old baby.

The deceased body is lying at the Molo sub-county hospital mortuary awaiting postmortem.

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